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22 June, 2012

On Saturday, 23 June 2012 at 11am; The Salvation Army officially opened the new and modern James Barker House, the new 120-bed aged care facility in Footscray. This marks the 129th year The Salvation Army’s social centres have been operating.

The state of the art facility features 120 private rooms all equipped with en suite bathrooms and marks a significant departure from the previous location with a capacity for only 45 residents.

Major Gary Hart, the Assistant Divisional Commander – Social, of The Salvation Army Melbourne Central Division said “we are very excited about the new James Barker House. This new facility will help us better meet the needs of disadvantaged older people who would otherwise struggle to find affordable aged care.”

'The new James Barker House enables increased level of care for the elderly in our community. The new centre has more than doubled our capacity for residents and we will continue to provide best practice care for people in need.'

The home provides a full range of care, 24 hours a day, for elderly people coming from homelessness or backgrounds of financial disadvantage. The facility is currently providing accommodation for 55 residents, who are cared for by accredited and experienced staff, including the constant presence of Registered Division 1 nurses. Occupancy will progressively increase to the capacity of 120 residents.

Manager of James Barker House, Mr George Bhugon said that some of the residents of the facility have faced some really difficult circumstances, so this centre will be a wonderful place for the residents to call home.

'We are really pleased to be able to offer care of the highest quality to some really deserving people. This new centre provides us with a greater opportunity to support more of the elderly community in Melbourne,' he said.

The new James Barker House was opened by the Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory, Commissioner Raymond Finger.

For more information please contact:

The Salvation Army, Australia Southern Territory
Territorial Communications & Fundraising Department, 95-99 Railway Road, Blackburn VIC 3130
T: 03 8878 2400
E: salvosaus@aus.salvationarmy.org