Centre turns 20

2015-12-15 06:00
Facility manager Raymond Mitchell is flanked by nurses Marilyn Francis, Abigail Francis, Fatima Thomas and Ivy Wyngaard-Misland. All four nurses have been with the facility since they opened their doors 20 years ago. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Facility manager Raymond Mitchell is flanked by nurses Marilyn Francis, Abigail Francis, Fatima Thomas and Ivy Wyngaard-Misland. All four nurses have been with the facility since they opened their doors 20 years ago. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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“We want people to be happy when they hear the name Beaconvale Frailcare Centre. And people must jump at the opportunity to live here when they hear of an opening. The name should be associated with happiness,” says Raymond Mitchell, facility manager.

This along with sustainability is his hope for the next 20 years.

Last week the facility celebrated its 20th anniversary and with this four nurses also received a long service award for being with the centre since its inception.

Mitchell says this along with passion is what will see the centre remain open for many years to come.

“Beaconvale is a very diverse place and that is the beauty of this facility,” he says.

He adds that the staff are passionate and help achieve his vision of a place that provides smiles, care and dignity to the elderly and frail residents.

Mitchell admits that there have been bumps along the way but that they are striving to see a positive change in the communities’ perceptions – something they are well on the way to achieving, he adds.

“The facility has gone through a lot of changes but we are positive and still standing. There is so much we can be grateful for especially the enormous growth,” says Mitchell.

Carol Mentor, chairperson of the committee, says they have Mitchell to thank for many of the improvements.
“I don’t want to put a feather in his cap but since his intervention the mind-sets have changed toward the facility. This is also more than just a frailcare centre, it is a place for the community,” says Mentor.
She refers to a recent case where the centre was able to house a family who had their home destroyed in a fire.
“We have seen the facility grow from strength to strength and it really has become a home away from home,” she adds.
Since Mitchell started seven years ago there have been significant improvements to the facility.
“Beconvale is not where it needs to be but it is not where it was,”
The centre will soon open a new wing to treat terminally ill patients and also have a daycare facility to help seniors who’s children work during the day.
“This is an exciting project and is as a result of people needing specialised care. We also want to give the patients dignity. I feel that dignity is the last respect you can give someone on earth, and when you die with dignity it is a most beautiful experience,” says Mitchell.
When asked of some of the highlights of the past 20 years, Mitchell noted the many achievements but also the many couples who met and married at the facility throughout the years.
The centre celebrated their 20th anniversary with a luncheon at the facility on Monday.
The facility would like to thank all businesses, partners and sponsors who have assisted the facility in any way.


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