NEW HOME: Assistant co-ordinator for centre-based respite care Christine Groves and Blue Care Lockyer Community Care service manager Elaine Horrocks with clients Daniel Butler and Dean King in front of the new building.
NEW HOME: Assistant co-ordinator for centre-based respite care Christine Groves and Blue Care Lockyer Community Care service manager Elaine Horrocks with clients Daniel Butler and Dean King in front of the new building. Tom Threadingham

Gatton Blue Care move home

WITH a set of new keys in hand, a blue army began the move of a lifetime as they shifted house and business across town.

The doors to the highly anticipated $3.3 million Blue Care Lockyer Community Care building were officially opened last week.

Employees packed up their equipment and held on tight to memories of their old home as they set up shop at their new premises on 8 Dawson St, Gatton.

Blue Care Lockyer Community Care service manager Elaine Horrocks said Blue Care Lockyer Community Care had operated from the building at 1 North St since 1982 and welcomed a refreshing start.

Mrs Horrocks said respite care was the big beneficiary from the move into the new facility by converging resources into one easily accessible site.

"It's made a huge difference to respite," Mrs Horrocks said.

"Just by being here all the time, and the building is set up for the daily respite.

"Respite used to be split with two days a week at the Gatton Senior Citizens Hall and three days a week at the Laidley Lutheran Church.

"It's much better and we have all the facilities here now.

"We can have a secure environment here too if people tend to wander, so we can look after them on site.

"I think that having it all in one place is great and we can interact easier with clients and staff altogether at the facility."

With 47 staff and 62 volunteers, Blue Care had outgrown its old home, with the new building creating a comfortable and modern workspace for workers.

The new building has a kitchen, staff room, activity room and laundry plus a stylish outdoor living space.

"We've also got a training room to open up to the community in the future for hire and it has all the IT gear," Mrs Horrocks said.

The new building is also environmentally friendly with design features saving energy.

Mrs Horrocks said the building was built to let winter sunlight in for warmth and to block out summer light.

Each room is also fitted with sensor lighting which switches off after a set period of time.

Blue Care has operated community services from Gatton since 1970.

Blue Care works in partnership with clients, families and other health providers to support people with tailor-made services that maintain their independence, personal well-being, community connections and quality of life.


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