Indigenous centre opens for elders and frail aged
The Bethanie Group has officially opened the doors of the Bethanie Maali Indigenous Centre in Bunbury.
The facility is the first of its kind in the South West, and will be used as a respite for indigenous elders and aged residents where they take part in social activities, participate in events and interact with others.
Day centre coordinator Kerry Grieve heads a team of five staff members that provide a number of activities for the elderly guests, including arts and crafts, exercise, internet forums, games, guest speakers, entertainment and music.
Two days a week are set aside purely for indigenous elders, with the remainder of the week also open to frail aged members of the community.
Bethanie chief executive officer Stephen Becsi said Bethanie has worked closely with Aboriginal community development projects and the South West Aboriginal Medical Service on this project.
‘‘With their support we gained appropriate network contacts amongst the indigenous community, which meant we were able to fully consult individuals on what sort of facilities and activities would appeal to them,’’ he said.
‘‘The feedback we have received so far from guests has been fantastic, there is a strong sense of community and connectedness amongst guests that attend.’’
The Xavier Street building includes two activity areas, dining room, quiet room, kitchen and an attractive outdoor area.
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