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The Mid North Coast celebrates official opening of the Wauchope BaptistCare Home Care hub

There was cake, coffee and congratulations on the Mid North Coast at the launch of the Wauchope Home Care office.

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28 February 2024

News | Home Care

BaptisCare At Home services are expanding on the Mid North Coast, starting with the official opening of a hub and social club in Wauchope.

It will provide a base for staff and clients across the Port Macquarie Hastings area, and as BaptistCare expands across the region.

Nationally, it’s predicted that by 2061, 25% of the population in Australia will be aged 65 or over (up from 17% today). This is already the case on the Mid North Coast, highlighting the need to expand care for seniors across the region.

BaptistCare Home Care clients and staff gathered today at the new office for the official opening.

Lena Castelijn has been a BaptistCare client since, in her words, “way, way, way back”.

She is thrilled to see the expansion of the service that she hopes more and more people in the Port Macquarie Hastings region will access.

“I can always call on BaptistCare if I need something,” she said. “I know that and I use it if I need to, and that’s very important.”

“People must know not to be hesitant about picking up the phone and asking for help.”

Not only has the help always been there for Lena, but she said the time she spends with the local BaptistCare At Home staff is really special.

“I absolutely love the company. It makes my day,” Lena said.

“And they become good friends. In fact, the other day, one of my care workers said, ‘If you go into care, I would still come and see you’. How lovely is that!”

Sarah Newman, General Manager for BaptistCare At Home, says the new hub will provide a space for people to access the services they need and for aged care employment opportunities for locals in the

"We believe our new Mid North Coast hub will be a great asset to older people and their families needing access to care services. Providing social contact, a place to ask questions and connect with clients, is vital for BaptistCare to continue providing the best quality care and improve the sector for future ageing Australians in regional areas,” said Sarah Newman.

In addition to Home Care, BaptistCare operates other services across the Mid North Coast. This includes BaptistCare Kularoo Aged Care Centre (Forster) and BaptistCare Blue Gum Cottage Social Club (Taree).