The $16.7 million Benjamin Short Grove aged care facility near Orange, New South Wales, aims to address the growing number of aged homeless people in the state’s central west region.
One of the facility’s residents is 72-year-old Orange woman Daphne.
Three weeks ago she moved into the facility built specifically for older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
After experiencing a rough trot of late, having a place to call home was still a surreal feeling for her.
In recent months, she had to couch surf and even sleep on verandas on rainy nights after a falling out with her family.
“It’s alright in Orange because you’ve got places to go to, so I can go out any places down town. They take me down and bring me back.”
The 60-bed facility will be run by charity, Mission Australia, and will provide long-term accommodation for older residents who have complex needs.