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  • Next generation flexi-space design unveiled for new aged care facility
    Mon 25 Feb 2019

    SwanCare has unveiled the design behind its new Bentley residential care facility, introducing an adaptable living concept to cater for the next generation of aged care residents.

    An insight into the new care facility – SwanCare Ningana – has been provided via an animated fly-though of the building, together with an interview-based video featuring project architects.

    SwanCare CEO Graham Francis recently launched the online resources, which takes viewers on a journey through the facility’s main entry point and into one of its many outdoor spaces.

    “SwanCare Ningana will set a new benchmark in aged care,” Francis said. “The design is unique and will incorporate the latest design principles in aged and clinical care to cater for the future West Australians.”

    Leading Perth architect Dominic Snellgrove from Cameron Chisholm Nicol – who was also the project and design director for Perth Arena – is the project director for SwanCare Ningana.

    “We really want Ningana to change the way people think about aged care,” Snellgrove said. “We want to provide flexibility and choice in relation to the shift in generational and demographic needs in aged care.”

    As part of the design, future residents will have a choice of three room types as standard – the Swan Room, the Flexi-Room and the Super Suite. The latter option offers a retirement-style home with separate living and bedroom spaces, with the added benefit of round-the-clock care.

    Taking a whole-of-building approach to dementia care, rooms are clustered into groups of eight to ten, sharing dining, living and kitchenette areas and a protected winter garden allowing access to the outdoors.

    Decorative screens allow staff to maintain visual connection with the residents without compromising the home-like quality and privacy of the spaces.

    The 124-room building is on track for completion in late 2019.


    Click here to learn more about the design behind Ningana 


    Click here to view the animated fly-through 


  • The Eagles pop in for a cuppa with the new neighbours
    Thu 21 Feb 2019

    With the West Coast Eagles imminent move to Lathlain Park, SwanCare will soon to be in the heart of Eagles territory. On Wednesday, 20th February 2019, SwanCare welcomed their new neighbours - key West Coast players and the Eagles AFLW coach Adam Selwood - for a cuppa and some serious footy chat.

    Selwood was accompanied by players Nathan Vardy, Josh Smith, Patrick Bines and Rosie Deegan (AFLW West Coast Eagles) to address SwanCare’s football fanatics and provide a photo and signing opportunity. 

    CEO Graham Francis said days like this are eagerly anticipated by everyone at SwanCare, where serious footy fans abound, and the community is abuzz with enthusiasm for a meet and greet with their favourite team.

    “Welcoming the West Coast Eagles to our neighbourhood was a great way to launch the 2019 season here at SwanCare. Our residents know their footy and they are a very passionate bunch!” Mr Francis said. 

    “Hosting the Eagles was a real treat and we are excited to have the Premiership team training just around the corner." 

    The Eagles’ visit was part of the West Coast Eagles Annual Community Camp, where the club share their love of footy at a grass roots level – with a special emphasis this year on indulging the new neighbours.






  • It's a small world
    Fri 01 Feb 2019

    SwanCare  Training Officer, Sharon Arkwright, comes from Ramsgate, the same English town as one of SwanCare Waminda residents, Mrs Baverstock.

    They got chatting and realised they both even worked at the same bakery! In true SwanCare style, Sharon surprised Mrs Baverstock with a collection of 35 old photos of the town, featuring the very same bakery AND the old Woolworths store that Mrs Baverstock worked in before having her first child.

    In Sharon's own words, "She was so excited. It was just nice to bring her a piece of home".

    Thank you, Sharon, for your dedication to our residents and to SwanCare.

  • New “main street” for Bentley
    Thu 20 Dec 2018

    Bentley has a new “main street” on Adie Court.

    The street runs through the centre of WA’s largest retirement and aged care community, SwanCare Bentley Park, which neighbours Curtin University.

    The newly opened grocery store and hairdresser/beauty salon complements the existing café and piazza space to create a bustling new centre for the area. 

    “We chose to redevelop Adie Court as a priority due its naturally high volume of foot traffic - quite a few Curtin University students walk along it and many of our residents catch the bus to Perth from there, or eat at Sophia’s Café,” Graham Francis, SwanCare CEO, said. “The addition of the grocery store and hairdressers makes Adie Court a real hub for our residents and the wider community alike.”

    The opening is part of an $80 million development masterplan for SwanCare’s Bentley Park site, which includes a new 124-room residential care facility as well as a leisure precinct featuring a heated swimming pool, fitness centre and garden pavilion spaces.


  • A charmed retirement
    Mon 03 Dec 2018


    Jenny and Trevor Dawson


    Jenny and Trevor Dawson were recently featured in The West Australian's West Weekend Magazine. Click here to read the article in full.


    Almost three years ago, Jenny and Trevor Dawson were like many baby boomer-age retirees. Their half-acre Australian dream family home in the Perth Hills was starting to seem a little too big with their two sons grown up and left home. The gardening was starting to become an increasingly burdensome chore.

    They decided that moving into a retirement village was their best option, and when they started exploring their options they knew they had to act fast.

    This is because both Jenny and Trevor are blind. 

    Jenny was born blind; doctors assuming a virus like rubella in utero to be the cause. Trevor was born prematurely, albeit with perfect vision, however he was exposed to excessive oxygen levels in a newborn incubator which blinded him from the age of three days old.

     “To get around, we need to memorise our neighbourhood which takes time and quite a lot of effort,” Jenny said. “So we decided that we needed to move to a retirement village while we have the cognitive function and energy to settle in properly.”

    The Dawson’s chose SwanCare Bentley Park, which is situated adjacent to Curtin University in Perth’s South East.

    With many independent living homes and three care facilities on one site, SwanCare ticked all the boxes.

    “We wanted somewhere that really didn’t require us to move again – ever.”  Jenny explains. “We didn’t want to end up in a situation where one of us is in a care facility in one suburb and one of us stays independent in another suburb.

    “At Bentley Park we know that, down the track, if one of us needs to go into care, we will only be a short walk away from each other.”

    In mid-2015, the Dawson’s put their family home on the market and four months later, they had moved into their new retirement apartment at SwanCare Bentley Park. 

    They settled in and quickly become part of their new community.

    Trevor is now a keen lawn bowls club member, while Jenny has become a valued member of the resident’s advisory committee, which provides a formal communication line between SwanCare’s management and residents.

    Jenny and Trevor have also started a vision impaired support group, providing practical tips and encouragement to the elderly SwanCare residents who might be struggling and feeling isolated due to their failing eyesight.  They have known another group member, Peter, for decades – he is also blind and lives around the corner from them at SwanCare Bentley Park.

     “We really feel blessed to be living here,” Jenny said. “Everyone looks out for us but they don’t make a fuss, which is lovely.”

    Trevor agrees.  “It’s great to live in a place where you can access all the services,” Trevor said.

    “Everything is here – there’s a grocery shop, a buggy service, beautiful meals, hairdresser, home care. You can also catch a bus to just about anywhere in Perth from within the village, which is great because we are always out and about.”

    While Jenny and Trevor feel fortunate to have found their ideal retirement lifestyle, the wider SwanCare community feel fortunate to have Jenny and Trevor around.

    “The Dawson’s bring so much to our community,” Graham Francis, SwanCare CEO, said. “As well as being friendly, familiar faces around the village, they have become our go-to consultants on how we can go about improving everyday life for our many vision-impaired residents.”

    Improvements introduced have included providing the village newsletter as an audio file option, making the new SwanCare website accessible, and presenting the vision-impaired group with a hands-on architectural model of Bentley Park’s future leisure centre during the resident consultation process.

    “It really is a whole new level of consideration when you start thinking about all the little things you can do to support those who are vision-impaired,” Graham said.

    The positive energy that Jenny and Trevor bring to SwanCare comes from their positive, humble, and often humorous approach to life.

    When asked what other retirement villages or aged care facilities can do to assist their vision-impaired residents, Jenny replies: “It’s the little things that make a big difference, like, when saying hello, say your name and identify yourself as a staff member.

    “But above all, if you’re not sure, the best thing to do is simply ask how you can help.”

    It seems that although Jenny and Trevor are grateful for the odd helping hand, mostly they go about unwittingly providing help to others by way of support, friendship, and a good belly laugh. 

    About Trevor and Jenny – a snapshot

    Married for 34 years, they met through Trevor’s work as a switchboard operator and telephonist at the then Commercial Bank of Australia.

    They went on to have two children who they are extremely proud of: Scott, an auto electrician and Chris, a Hercules aircraft pilot in the Australian Air Force.



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