In positive news for the Hilltops Region, Harden Grange Aged Care Community has been so well supported by locals that over 50% of the private suites are now occupied. This significant milestone comes less than four months after opening – well ahead of Apollo Care’s initial expectations. As a result of this demand, the Community is now able to offer more job opportunities to locals.
Kylie Radburn, Apollo Care Chief Governance Officer and Chairperson of HRDC Community Limited, the not-for-profit entity that operates Harden Grange, said that this news reflects how much the wider community values having a quality aged care provider in the local area.
“We knew that locals wanted the opportunity to stay living in this beautiful region as they age, and we’re delighted that Harden Grange is fulfilling that need for so many residents already,” said Ms Radburn.
Residential Service Manager, Lucy Rowe, added that the refurbishments throughout Harden Grange have now been completed.
“Each household has been fully renovated using a heritage colour scheme and country-style furniture and fittings. There’s also a homely loungeroom with a fireplace in each household, where residents love to relax,” said Lucy.
“Respite care at Harden Grange offers locals an opportunity to trial living here without committing to a long-term contact. We have found every resident who has trialled, though, has decided to stay on as permanent resident which is testament to how much they enjoyed their time with us.”
Lucy also reported that the strong increase in Harden Grange’s occupancy has translated into team growth.
“We’ve recently welcomed new Registered Nurses, Support Services staff, and a number of new Personal Care Workers – all of whom are locals!
“We’re still looking for more team members, though, particularly to add to our Nursing, Care and Lifestyle teams and we’ll continue our locals-first recruitment strategy wherever possible,” she said.
“Harden Grange also offers flexible career pathways for TAFE or high-school students, or those returning to the workforce. We function as a living classroom where students or trainees can learn in a real-world setting, supported not only by their teachers, but by our team of caring professionals.”