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Bupa Care Services Provide New Hope For Mangere Aged Care

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Bupa Care Services are pleased to announce the acquisition of the property and assets of the Culverden care home in Mangere, Auckland.

Located on the corner of James and Massey Roads, the acquisition of this care home will see potentially an additional 91 hospital level care beds, within a district which has a growing elderly population and is under bedded relative to its population.

Culverden care home was closed by Counties Manukau District Health Board in January 2010, as a result of concerns over the quality of care and has been empty since this time.

The refurbishment work will be undertaken in 2 key stages with the first stage due for completion in early 2011 providing 41 care beds, followed by another 50 care beds during the next six months. The most important parts of the renovation will involve a complete recladding and change in the external colour and appearance, a new ground floor reception and lounge area, refurbishment of the hospital block and the creation of a landscaped garden area.

Bupa Care Services are working closely with the Counties Manukau District Health Board and other community groups to ensure the right care home is designed that meets the communities needs.

"We are thrilled to have a provider of the calibre of BUPA involved in the provision of these services. We know that this will mean a fresh, new start for the facility and we look forward to working together." said Ms Sam Cliffe, Director of Service Integration, Counties Manukau District Health Board.

This two stage development will coincide with the expansion of Bupa's specialist dementia care services at Parkhaven Hospital 1km away, that will see further conversion of hospital to psychogeriatric care beds as appropriate, again meeting a demand in the Counties Manukau District.

"This development will enable us to provide a valuable and much needed service to the older people of this area. We look forward to working with the local community and those working in aged care in bringing it back to life." said Dwayne Crombie, CEO of Bupa Care Services.

Bupa Care Services are inviting the local community to get involved by way of voting on a new name for the facility. After asking Bupa staff nationwide to come up with names, two recommendations have been chosen and now Bupa want the community to have their say.

The two options for the new name are David Lange for his strong connection and substantial contribution to the Mangere district and Newhaven representing the comfort provided in the new home for older people.

Voting papers can be obtained from community centres in the area or Parkhaven Hospital, alternatively people can vote online at the Bupa Care Services website Voting for the new name closes 30 September 2010.

Bupa Care Services are investing $2.3m in the refurbishment of this site.

Bupa's rest homes and hospitals offer care for older people who can no longer live independently. Their services include respite, rehabilitative and mental health care, day care and specialist dementia care. Their 45 rest homes and hospitals serve many communities, from Whangarei to Timaru.

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