Juniper is continuing to enrich the lives of older people in regional communities after entering into an agreement to take ownership of Waratah Lodge, previously operated by Wagin Frail Aged Inc, as of 1 October 2023.

The decision to transition ownership of Waratah Lodge to Juniper is driven by a shared commitment to ensuring the continued delivery of high-quality aged care services in Wagin, in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

Juniper CEO, Russell Bricknell, said investing in regional aged care is more than just a commitment; Juniper aims to make a difference and strives to be part of, contribute to, and connect older people to the communities in which they call home.

“We understand the importance of providing older people with the opportunity to continue living in their communities, close to family, friends, and familiar surroundings. Our acquisition of Waratah Lodge in Wagin is a testament to this commitment. We believe that every older person deserves compassionate and high-quality care, regardless of where they call home,” said Mr Bricknell.

Juniper has a proven track record of delivering exceptional care in regional Western Australia, notably in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions.

Its Residential Aged Care homes in Katanning (Juniper Bethshan), Albany (Juniper Korumup), and Northam (Juniper Bethavon and The Residency) are a testament to its dedication to providing quality care.

Additionally, Juniper offers Home and Community Care services within the Wheatbelt region, with a base in Northam, and provides affordable accommodation for Great Southern residents at its Juniper Boronia Court Retirement Living Community in Albany.

“We are thrilled to join the Wagin community and ensure the ongoing delivery of quality aged care services. Together, we’ll enrich the lives of older people in this region, just as we’ve done in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions for many years,” said Mr Bricknell.

Juniper is dedicated to ensuring a seamless and smooth transition for all residents, their families, and staff members at Waratah Lodge.

Continuity of care and peace of mind is of utmost importance throughout this transition, and all staff will be offered the opportunity to work with Juniper.

Juniper’s journey began in 1949 when they welcomed their first residents, and since then, they have grown to employ a team of more than 2100 staff and over 200 volunteers across the State. Currently, they provide care and support to more than 4,500 Western Australians through their Residential Aged Care homes, Retirement Villages, and Home and Community Care services.

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