New nursing home's open day

THE newly completed $20 million Quakers Hill Nursing Home will open with a community open day on Saturday, March 1.

Residents can take a look around the new home in Hambledon Road and also enjoy its family entertainment from 10am to 2pm.

This will include a free sausage sizzle, a jumping castle and an animal farm.

The Alzheimer's Australia Memory van will help raise awareness of the importance of brain health and dementia risk reduction.

Before March 1, an invitation-only event will be held on Friday, February 28.

The former nursing home was destroyed in 2011 in a fire that eventually claimed the lives of 11 residents.

A nurse, Roger Dean, pleaded guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to 11 murders relating to the fire and is now serving a life sentence.

The owner, Gary Barnier, who is managing director of the Domain Principal Group, said anyone thinking about aged care for themselves or their loved ones was urged to come on March 1.

He said members of the community who might have driven past the site during the past two years and wondered what was being created behind the barricade were also welcome.

Mr Barnier made a commitment to install fire sprinkler systems in the new home and its other facilities that didn't already have them.

"We also believe the NSW government's decision to mandate all NSW facilities to install sprinklers as law from January 1, 2013, was an important outcome of a terrible event," he said.

The new home with sprinklers is three times the size of the previous home and will be home to 127 residents requiring care and support.

It has 79 single and 24 companion rooms and also has a dedicated specialist wing for 16 residents who have dementia.

There are several accommodation options and a garden for residents and guests.

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