BORELLA House has opened its biggest extension in the aged care home's 30-year history, increasing its capacity from 42 to 64 beds.
Living Care executive director Graham Reed, who manages the East Albury facility, said construction took about 18 months.
“The new rooms are designed for people who have a degree of frailty that we couldn't care for in the previous facility,” he said. “There's better accessibility and bathrooms where you can physically get two staff to assist if that's needed.
“They're bigger spaces with more opportunity for people to bring their own things to create and personalise their space.”
Borella began operations through a partnership between the Albury Church of Christ and St David's Uniting Church in 1986. Management was handed over to Living Care, a ministry of Fresh Hope, in 1999.
Fresh Hope ministry director Andrew Ball said Borella's staff and residents lived and worked “in community”.
Mr Ball quoted from Walt Whitman's poem O Me! O Life!
“He wrote, ‘That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse’,” he said.
“I like to think that something of the gift that we give each other is to offer our verse into life and to offer in service to all of those that are around us.”