IN a rare honour for the development of retirement living, Governor General Peter Cosgrove has praised BallyCara Retirement Village for its community spirit while recently opening new facilities.
He made the comments on October 20 while unveiling the BallyCara Wellness Centre and Amicus Apartments, the latest additions to the community centre at Scarborough.
A long-time supporter of BallyCara, the governor general said he was delighted to return to mark the latest stage of expansion.
“(BallyCara) has a wonderful sense of community,” he said.
“It’s a place to make new friends and pursue new opportunities.
“It’s a place to make a comfortable home with all the support and assistance you might need.”
Mr Cosgrove, an ardent advocate for the improvement of retirement living and aged-care programs, was joined by Lady Lynne Cosgrove and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, who blessed the additions in front of a crowd of guests and residents.
Archbishop Coleridge said the new facilities were a wonderful thing to do for people in their senior years.
BallyCara chief executive officer Marcus Riley said the accolades were a welcome tribute to the combined efforts of staff to enhance the lifestyle for residents by embracing the health and wellness concept and high-standard accommodation.
“We believe our primary focus on the enhancement of health happiness will set the benchmark for retirement villages Australia-wide,” he said.