First resident moves in to Heritage Northcote

Heritage Care’s new aged care home in Northcote, Melbourne, has welcomed its first resident.

Brian Comas (pictured centre) has moved into Heritage Northcote, supported by his wife Irmgard and daughters Yvette and Letitia. According to Brian, the staff were attentive and thoughtful on his first day at his new home.

“The staff made such a fuss and gave me a lovely photo frame to place in my room. The impression you get when you walk in is that it doesn’t feel like a nursing home.

“So much effort has gone into making the place feel comfortable and homely. Pets can even visit. I can’t wait for Irmgard to bring in our two Cavalier King Charles Spaniel crosses for a visit,” he said.

Ailiene Faccin, Residence Manager at Heritage Northcote, said she was delighted to welcome Brian and his family.

“Each resident will be looked after by a comprehensive team of professionals, including those in nursing, personal care, allied health, lifestyle activities, hospitality, administration, maintenance and more.

“At Heritage Care we strive to enrich the lives of older Australians, and we look forward to delivering high quality aged care to our new residents at Heritage Northcote,” she said.

Heritage Northcote features a variety of social spaces for residents, such as lounges with gas fireplaces, courtyards, and a garden for barbecues; it also offers palliative, respite, and dementia care.

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