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WA not-for-profit Capecare opens new $37.5M aged care facility in Dunsborough

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A new $37.5 million aged care facility has been opened in the WA coastal town of Dunsborough, about 300km south of Perth.

More than 15 years of planning and development in the making, the facility includes an 80-bed residential care facility and 21 independent dwellings,

Capecare Dunsborough has welcomed its first independent living residents in recent weeks ahead of its official opening next month.

Newly moved in independent living resident Annie Palmer told Busselton Dunsborough Times reporter Catherine Massey that her new home was exactly what she wanted.

“It’s lovely. We are so impressed by the quality and the support from Capecare during the move,” she said.

A highlight of the new facility is the provision of complimentary allied health services for residents, including occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

The complex also features a café, cinema room and adaptable open space, perfect for family gatherings and is now also home to the Dunsborough Country Women’s Association.

Built by Perkins Builders in collaboration with Gary Batt & Associates Architects, Capecare chief executive Elizabeth Hogarth said completing the project on time had very much been a team effort.

“With COVID on the back-burner the whole time, it has been tense,” she told the Busselton Dunsborough Times.

“But the fact that we have managed to stick to the deadline we committed to with the apartment people, it has been the result of a team effort with Perkins and the project team.”

Hogarth said she was looking forward to finalising the project in the next two months and welcoming people to an open day.

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said the new facility would be a “huge asset” for the rapidly growing Dunsborough community.

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