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Catholic Healthcare Celebrates Uniting The Mater With Jemalong Residential Village and Announces Construction of a Retirement Living Village in Forbes

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Catholic Healthcare celebrated uniting The Mater Aged Care with Jemalong Residential Village in Forbes yesterday.

Both Homes have witnessed many changes and each change has contributed to the growth of providing aged care services in Forbes.

Jemalong Residential Village is a much loved and well-respected Home. The Home now houses 31 residents who used to live at The Mater and includes 39 new rooms, a refurbished café, function room and chapel which holds some of the cherished religious icons from The Mater, including the beautiful stained-glass windows.

David Maher, Managing Director of Catholic Healthcare said, “Today we mark the beginnings of our combined Homes and bringing together two strong traditions. The diversity of talents that each resident and staff member brings, will unlock the potential for the ongoing mission of both the Mater and Jemalong, to be fully realised.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the expertise, care and commitment of the teams at The Mater and Jemalong who made this move a great success. I thank and congratulate all those involved.”

“What we have now is a wonderful, modern environment which will enrich the lives of current and future residents,” added Maher.

In attendance were executives from Catholic Healthcare, members of the Forbes Jemalong Aged Peoples Association, councillors, Fr Simon Apablaza, residents, families and staff.

Maher also took the opportunity to announce the next phase of developing the site. Construction on Stage One of the Retirement Living Village will commence in June 2019.

“We are building 19 new free-standing villas. We also thank the Forbes Jemalong Aged Peoples Association for their generous donation towards our development,” said Maher.

“As an organisation we continue to grow our services for seniors and the community as demand for aged care and retirement living increases,” added Maher.

Graeme Miller, Deputy Chair of the Forbes Jemalong Aged Peoples Association said, “We are delighted to be working with Catholic Healthcare and our contribution of $1.25 million will help foster a sense of community. Community infrastructure plays an important role in bringing people together in regional towns such as Forbes.”

The Retirement Living Village is due for completion in June 2020.