The Sunset Ridge residential aged care community in Emu Park near Rockhampton recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with residents, friends and team members.
The event included live music from St Brendan’s, indigenous dancers and the Yeppoon seniors country music group.
Some of the site’s early residents shared their memories.
“Our Chef Manager Gilles Bourguignon and his team made it an even more memorable occasion by serving high tea, gnocchi, pavlova, chicken Cordon Bleu and a whole range of other goodies,” Residential Manager Roberta Vaughan said.
“We included speeches from some of our earliest residents – it was fantastic we were able to involve all residents and team members in the celebrations.”
Director of Nursing for Yeppoon Hospital, Rhylla Webb played an instrumental role in the formation of Sunset Ridge and moving the new residents in.
“It was during the planning phase for the building of the new Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service facility a decision was made by Queensland Health that the Yeppoon Nursing Home would not be included in the move from the beach front to the new site in Hoskyn Drive,” she said.
“The Yeppoon Nursing Home provided nursing support for 40 people requiring high care. At the time Bolton Clarke, formerly RSL Care, was planning the building of a residential aged care community called Sunset Ridge, and they were successful in their application to have the beds transferred from the Yeppoon Nursing Home to the new community.”
“Ten years on, the Capricorn Coast has benefitted with presence of a highly regarded aged care community at Sunset Ridge, access to efficient and comprehensive at the Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service and a crowd- pleasing beach front recreational lagoon complex on the site of the old Yeppoon & Nursing Home.”