Aged care organisation celebrates 30 years
A Woy Woy aged care organisation celebrated its 30th anniversary on March 15.
BlueWave Living marketing manager Ms Kylie Scott said the Woy Woy facility first opened in 1989 as a 40-bed nursing home with the majority of beds being in four bed wards.
"BlueWave came to fruition after a long, passionate and dedicated campaign by the Woy Woy community to establish a nursing home in the Woy Woy area.
"A significant sum of money back then was raised in the local community over several years to see this achieved.
"Over $500,000 was raised.
"This was coupled with grants of over $800,000 from the Commonwealth and $200,000 from the State Government to help see the first stage of BlueWave Living built," Ms Scott said.
Another 10 beds were added in an extension to the building in 1992, followed by more significant development in 1998 which saw another 40 beds added.
Seven years later, in 2005, the facility underwent some refurbishment and an additional wing was added, creating another eight single rooms each with their own ensuite.
In 2012 yet another extension added to increase the number of single ensuite rooms.
More works in 2014-15 saw the last four-bed wards converted into single rooms with ensuites.
BlueWave Living acquired The Shores, formerly known as Boronia Court, in 2016, bringing the total number of beds at BlueWave up to 139.
Ms Scott said BlueWave had now secured another 20 bed licences in the recently announced ACAR funding round to allow it to grow even more.
"BlueWave Living has achieved an enviable reputation within the industry over the last 30 years, and this is clearly in recognition of the many wonderful and dedicated people who have worked for BlueWave over the years, and for all those who continue to work for BlueWave.
"It is our people and our culture, which truly makes BlueWave Living the special home that it is for our elders living here," Ms Scott said.
Media release, 13 Mar 2019
Kylie Scott, BlueWave Living