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Welcome to Opal
Making the decision to move into residential aged care can be a
difficult one. At Opal Denhams Beach (formerly Edgewood Park)
we can help, offering expert advice and by understanding the
emotional journey families go through during this time. Our home
offers exceptional care, delivered by some of the most caring and
passionate people you'll ever meet.
We've changed the name of our home to reflect our location in
front of the beautiful Denhams beach in Batemans Bay and to
celebrate our newly refurbished home which has a range of new
rooms available, including rooms with ocean views.
Call 02 4412 3400 for more information, to arrange
a tour and meet our new manager Kelly Sullivan.
Opal Denhams Beach 269 Beach Road, Denhams Beach NSW 2536 P 02 4412 3400
LIFESTYLE FOR DISABLED
Need to be independent on the rise
Abbeyfield Garran resident Edward Woody Menzies with his mother, Edwina .
Photo: Mark Sawa
A third Abbeyfield house has opened
in Canberra as demand for
independent living for those with a
The Garran house is part of the
Abbeyfield housing model which
provides independent living options to
those with mild to moderate
intellectual and physical disabilities.
The success of the model in Curtin
and Ainslie among those aged between
30 and 54 years has revealed the extent
of demand for the service.
Abbeyfield Garran committee
chairwoman Edwina Menzies said her
son was on the list for the first
Abbeyfield house in Curtin but was
unable to get a place.
"There were never any spaces
because once people were there they
were so happy they wouldn t leave
again," Ms Menzies said.
"My son Edward moved into the
Garran house about a month ago."
She said he was in an Abbeyfield
house in Goulburn for more than two
years before he moved back to
She said having him closer to home
has made life much easier for the
The Garran accommodation will
eventually have 10 places for younger
residents with a disability.
In 2005 the ACT Department of
Housing and Community Housing
Canberra funded and built Abbeyfield
Curtin, the first of its type in the
Although funded by the ACT
government, the house does not need
ongoing financial support.
Residents contribute 65 per cent of
their disability support pension to the
running costs of the house.
A committee of parents and
community members manage all
aspects of the house while a live-in
housekeeper is employed to provide an
evening meal and keep common areas
Meanwhile, Edward is the first
young resident with a disability to
move into the Garran house.
Ms Menzies said it was important
that families helped their children to
become independent before it was too
"They re not going to collapse in a
heap if we start going gaga or
disappearing," she said. "It is a
combination of it being good for them
so if something happens to their
parents they re not just suddenly thrust
into a way of living they know nothing
Residents are thrilled at long last that
new car parking spaces in the Weston
Creek Group Centre are ready.
Temporary traffic control measures
and signage have been in place during
the three-month construction period to
build 76 new spaces in the centre.
To relieve parking pressures 54 new
spaces were built on Dillon Close and
a further 22 on Liardet Street.
Weston Creek Community Council
deputy chair Pat McGinn said it was
good to see promised improvements
"People are very pleased," she said.
"It has been promised for such a long
time and it kept getting put off. It s
good to see it finally finished."
The ongoing comment from
residents was that there had been long
delays for planning ideas from the
masterplan to be realised.
"It was pleasing to see $868,000 in
the ACT Budget to do upgrades to the
Brierly Street and Trenerry Square,"
she said. "But when it s going to get
spent and when it s going to get done
that s forever the question."
HELP SAVE OUR WILDLIFE
Animal rescue organisation Wildcare
will run training courses to help recruit
If you have a passion to help rescue
and care for wildlife, Wildcare is
holding a wombat training course on
July 18 at the Wamboin Community
For further information contact
Laurel on 6297 8806.
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