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Joint Media Release

Ms Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

The Hon Joe Hockey MP Minister for Small Business and Tourism Member for North Sydney

13 February 2004 JB024/04

New look Elizabeth Lodge offers quality care

North Sydney residents will benefit from high quality accommodation, greater privacy and hotel-style amenities with the opening of a newly rebuilt aged care facility today by the Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop.

Ms Bishop said the 60-bed Elizabeth Lodge in Willoughby, operated by the Cook Care Group, was designed to meet the growing demand for high quality accommodation and ‘lifestyle extras’ by older residents with 24-hour care needs.

“Aged care residents are seeking more choices in services, and aged care providers are keen to respond to that demand,” Ms Bishop said.

“Elizabeth Lodge’s accommodation and variety of services exemplifies the flexibility and choice now provided for aged care residents as part of the Australian Government’s “Extra Services” initiative.”

Residents of Elizabeth Lodge have the choice of single or double rooms, with ensuite bathrooms, sensor lighting, art deco-themed furnishings and fittings, phone and data connections and cable television. Amenities include a library, hairdressing salon, separate lounge areas, wide verandahs, extensive landscaped gardens, enhanced dining services and a special room for family functions.

Ms Bishop said Elizabeth Lodge also offered specialised care for people with dementia, with a 20-bed dementia care wing. The home also provides a respite care service, working with the Northern Sydney Commonwealth Care Respite Centre to provide temporary respite accommodation for older people being cared for at home.

The Member for North Sydney, Joe Hockey, said Elizabeth Lodge was a valuable addition to Sydney’s north shore, offering a greater choice of residential accommodation to the area’s growing ageing population.

“The design of the facility and quality of the services are first class,” said Mr Hockey. “It is a tribute to

the vision and expertise of the proprietors, Francis and Christine Cook, who have more than 25 years experience in aged care.”

Future plans for Elizabeth Lodge include providing hostel-style accommodation for up to 19 residents with low care needs.

Media contact: Rachael Thompson 0417 265 289