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New Accommodation Residence Opened

The Hon. Lorraine Wreford MP, Member for Mordialloc officially opened Bayley House's newest residential property on Tuesday 9 September. The opening was attended by more than 70 people including residents and their families, local MPs, representatives from the Department of Human Services and supporters.

Located in Mentone and costing over $1 million to construct, the house has been purpose built and sets the highest standard for care of people with high support needs.

The design incorporates large defined living zones and large bedrooms. Ensuites and the main bathroom have disabled access and overhead tracking and support systems.  The house has an abundance of natural light, generous spaces and offers a sense of comfort and security. Communal areas encourage greater social interaction but there are other areas that residents can retreat to on their own if they wish.

The six residents moved into their new house at the end of July. They have settled in well and are now enjoying living in a home that offers best practice in supported accommodation. All were present at the opening and proudly showed off their new home.

Mr David Cole, a parent of one of the residents, acted as MC for the opening. David commented on how delighted the family members were with the new house and praised the staff for the wonderful support they offer the residents. 

Rhonda Whitfield, Vice President of the Bayley House Board and Chair of the Accommodation Sub-Committee and Bruce Salvin, CEO welcomed guests and spoke about the design components of the house and how the project came about.  

The new house replaces the ageing Helen Schutt House in Aspendale which Bayley House had taken over ownership from the Helen Schutt House Association in July 2009. As part of the arrangement Bayley House agreed to replace the aging facility with a new home that would better meet the current and future needs of the residents. Construction commenced in late 2013 after several years of planning and consultation.  The house took approximately six months to build and Bayley House is delighted with the result, as were all the guests at the opening. 

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 L to R: Rhonda Whitfield, Vice President, Bayley House Board, The Hon. Lorraine Wreford MP  and Bruce Salvin, CEO Bayley House cutting the ribbon to open the new house.

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