THE state’s longest-serving care provider, Lindisfarne’s Queen Victoria Care, is celebrating 130 years of caring for Tasmanians this year.
And the current residents agree that QVC is a wonderful place to spend your twilight years.
Queen Victoria Care began back in 1891, with the opening of The Convalescent Home at Granton. The operation moved to New Town in 1895, before the Victoria Convalescent Home opened in Lindisfarne in 1900.
The organisation turned its focus to meeting the needs of aged persons in the late ‘50s. Major construction and redevelopment began in the 1990s and continue today, with plans for further expansion as more perimeter properties are acquired.
QVC currently operates a residential aged care home that caters for the full spectrum of needs and lifestyles; three designated beds for short-term residential aged care respite; and 48 self-care Independent Living Units, where people can live independently and maintain their quality of life while able to call on support when needed.
Residents Committee chair Maggie Davison said QVC residents are like one big family.
“This home is just wonderful, it’s a very good nursing home,” she said.
“I’ve only been here five years, but the work they’ve done to improve the place in those five years has been amazing.
“You don’t have to do the shopping, you don’t need to go home and cook it, you don’t need to clean your house.
“Once you settle in here and realise what’s on offer, it’s amazing – there’s a pool, gymnasium, hairdresser, physiotherapy and podiatry, craft classes, bus outings.
“There’s a lot of happiness here, and don’t you think that’s healthy?”
Queen Victoria Care CEO Moira Laverty recently retired from the role, but not before the organisation managed to attain a major grant from the Commonwealth Government.
“We are engaged in 16 projects to enhance the experience and lives of our residents, as well as ensuring greater efficiencies to ensure we have a financially secure future,” she said.
“These projects will also assist the organisation to embrace the changes that are happening in aged care over the next few years.”
To learn more about Queen Victoria Care, phone 6243 3100 or go to www.qvcare.com.au