Helping people live life and find a place to call home
Whether it is nestling in a quiet valley by the river, a short way from the bustling town centre, or hidden from the road by native bush land, Belrose Care has the perfect location for the enjoyment of quieter years. With four facilities to choose from, Belrose Care is sure to have the right type of care to offer, be it high, low or dementia-specific. Their privately-owned and fully-accredited aged care facilities are spaced across the Perth metropolitan area as far north as Joondalup, as far east as Maddington and Kelmscott, and as far south as Cooloongup.
Jeffrey Markoff, the Managing Director of Belrose Care, came to Western Australia in 1995 from Victoria. He has two degrees in law but says he had to leave the field because he could not keep a straight face while sending legal bills. He is a registered builder and believes the high standard of his Aged Care facilities is due to the fact he could supervise the building standard himself.
Markoff has had a colourful business life previous to the development of Belrose Care, working in the opal and antique business as well as manufacturing medical and exercise equipment for greyhound racing dogs – not to mention the fact that he was nearly the United Nations representative in Cambodia. That, however, is another story altogether, he says. “Aged Care is what I love and have been happy to make a difference,” Jeffrey says. “This is what I was meant to do.”
Their first facility, Tanby Hall, was built in Cooloongup in 1996. It was so well received, that a twelve bed extension was granted to their Tanby Hall facility and a new permit was granted for Grandview Aged Care in Joondalup. This was the only facility in Australia to receive 100 per cent certification (licensing) for this type of building. Grandview sits on a hill and has wonderful views of the surrounding areas. Belrose Care describes the building as imposing, but in truth it is only imposing in the quality of its design, aesthetics, and recreational space. Of course, one of the notable aspects of their landscape is the inclusion of roses in many of their walks and greenery. These act as a symbol, and also give many residents an opportunity to engage in a bit of gardening themselves. The gardens, and especially roses, feature strongly in the Belrose Care group. Some of the residents form gardening groups, others work alone, propagating, planting, trimming and enjoying their work with a love of gardening.
The next facility that Belrose Care developed is their River Gardens, overlooking the Canning River. Presently, the West Australian Planning Authority has plans to landscape the area around the facility, as well as land leading down to the river, which will be a value added project that will be enjoyed by both the residents and visiting families.
The latest facility, Orange Grove, is dementia specific, and is set in two hectares of lawn and gardens. This is a wonderful asset to the people of Western Australia with the ever increasing need for this type of care. The management and staff at Belrose Care are proud of the outcomes they have achieved in the Aged Care sector. “Our population is living longer and needing more and more care to ensure those extra years are spent to maximise their quality of life,” Jeffrey says. The freedom that residents experience is part of their philosophy of offering not just a place to live, but a place to explore, enjoy and grow into. Belrose and Markoff believe in the idea of aging in place, and have put in place a system of levelled care that allows their residents to maintain a higher quality of lifestyle and freedom.
Belrose offers a range of services, which include physiotherapy, podiatry, a visiting GP, occupational therapy and hairdressing. A variety of activities are offered to residents, both within the facilities and on excursions to places or events of interest.
From the operational side, their view is that each one of their residents is a unique and valued individual, with the same rights and expectations they had before they arrived. With this in mind, facility staff are carefully chosen and nurtured to feel part of the Belrose family. The Belrose philosophy is to foster individuality and independence while at the same time offering support where it is needed. Residents are encouraged towards maintaining their outside interests, as well as enjoying the many activities on offer at the facilities.
The main areas of the buildings are air-conditioned and every resident has a private bedroom and ensuite. Each facility has its own laundry on site and provides nourishing and tasty home-cooked meals from its own kitchen. Belrose has an open visiting policy, inviting relatives and friends to visit at any time. For a small cost, visitors may stay for lunch or dinner. Children are welcome but must, of course, be supervised.