Lutheran Aged Care is celebrating 60 years

CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: Managing director Wendy Rocks says Lutheran Aged Care looks forward to continuing to be a vibrant member of this community.
CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: Managing director Wendy Rocks says Lutheran Aged Care looks forward to continuing to be a vibrant member of this community.

On February 14,1960, The Lutheran Women of the Riverina began providing residential care for the frail elderly in an Albury cottage called Riverview Terrace.

These pioneering women saw a need in the community and worked tirelessly to respond to that need.

The first Lutheran Aged Care 20-bed nursing home (as they were then called), commenced operations in 1975. Five retirement units were also constructed at the site with one visitor commenting "that he hasn't seen anything as good anywhere in Melbourne".

By the late 1980s the local committee could see that the expectations of the community were changing in relation to aged care and it was decided to construct a new facility. The design was innovative at the time and a significant departure from the traditional nursing home.

This was O'Brien Court Albury and it was the first Lutheran Aged Care residence that was purpose built. O'Brien Court is now known as Arrunga - a specialised memory support area.

1993 saw Lutheran Aged Care commence to offer Community Packages (now known as Home Care) in addition to providing residential aged care, while constructing a new 60-bed nursing home, which commenced operations in 1994 as Yallaroo in Stafford Road, West Albury. Yallaroo celebrated its 25th birthday in 2019. Pemberton View Independent Living Village (35 houses) was the next addition in 1991.

By 2001 Lutheran Community Care Services included services to Veterans, multi-cultural services and rural and regional services, (Corowa and Culcairn). In 2005 it began offering Extended Aged Care in the Home (EACH) packages, which saw the beginning of the High Care services.

Dellacourt residential aged care in Nicholson place opened in 2005 and linked with the O'Brien Court residence, creating a complex of 92 beds, administration section, production kitchen and individual house dining rooms, serveries and a large multipurpose area also containing the Living Hope Chapel. Four years later the number of aged care beds was increased to 122 with the Alkira extension.

Nicholson Park, the second Independent Living Village, was added in 2009. In the same year Emily Gardens at The Rock opened. It was a joint venture between the community, Lockhart Shire and Lutheran Aged Care.

In 2015 Lutheran Aged Care was granted Consumer Directed (Home) Care Packages, followed in 2017 by Short Term Restorative (Home) Care packages.

It is with heartfelt gratitude to the Lutheran Women, volunteers/auxiliary members, past and present board members, management and our wonderful staff that we celebrate 60 years.

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