UnitingCare Aging regional director Julia Bellamy (left), excited about the new day care centre which will be built in Casino.
UnitingCare Aging regional director Julia Bellamy (left), excited about the new day care centre which will be built in Casino. The Northern Star

$1.2m dementia centre unveiled

UNITINGCARE Aging's Julia Bellamy was thrilled yesterday to unveil plans for a purpose-built dementia day care centre at Casino.

The day care centre will be built on vacant land next to the Uniting Church and will cater for people with memory loss.

Costing $1.27 million, it will feature a home-like atmosphere where 40 frail and aged clients a week could receive day support.

Ms Bellamy said community support for the project was strong.

"Casino has been identified as in need of additional day care services," she said.

"There are a lot of people in the community that may have dementia, that may be frail and aged, that would benefit from this.

"Our research shows many people want to remain in the community and in their homes longer. This enables people to do that."

Ms Bellamy said the other benefit of day care was providing full-time carers with some much-needed time off.

UnitingCare Aging North Coast Region was awarded government funding to build the facility.

Construction is expected to commence this year.

Ms Bellamy said the next step would be to submit a development application for the site, but residents will not have to wait for the new building to go up.

UnitingCare Aging has also received funding to run a day care service at Casino Uniting Church Hall until the new centre is ready.

"We're currently making some modifications to the hall to make sure it's perfect for the service," she said.

UnitingCare Aging is Australia's largest provider of aged care. It operates Red Dove day centres in Lismore and Woodburn.


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