In August 1975, some members of the then Murray District Hospital Board saw a need for a hostel type accommodation in the Murray Shire, and so formed a separate Board of Management to establish the Murray District Aged Person Homes (Inc).
This Board, under the Chairmanship of the late Mr Howard Taylor, worked tirelessly over the ensuring years to secure necessary funding from Local and State Governments and in February 1983 the first residents moved into Bedingfeld Lodge which provided residential care for 35 low care residents.
Expansion continued in 1990 with the construction of the first 10 independent living units built as a Joint Venture with Homeswest, which became known as Jacaranda Court. Another 10 units followed in 1994. These units are rental accommodation for low income frail aged persons.
In 1997 the Aged Care Act was introduced through Government which changed aged care in Australia.
In 2000 Bedingfeld Lodge adopted the “ageing in place” policy allowing residents to remain at Bedingfeld even as their care needs increased.
In 2001 The Board of Management embarked on a capital fundraising program and raised enough money to commence an expansion and refurbishment program to increase the Lodge to 45 suites and upgrade the existing facility.
The refurbishment program included building a new kitchen and laundry, expanding the Administration area, a new wing with suites designed to care for High Care residents and a secure dementia unit able to accommodate 8 residents.
In 2004 the new wing was officially opened by the then Minister for Health & Ageing, Hon. Julie Bishop MP. In 2011, Bedingfeld Park Inc purchased 13 hectares of land on Bedingfeld Road.
Wallace House is a 25-bed addition which was opened in November 2020. This wing is a dedicated memory support unit and was made possible through funding from the State and Commonwealth Governments.
Bedingfeld continues to provide quality care to the frail aged residents of the Peel Region.
Bedingfeld Park Inc. is a community owned Not for Profit Incorporated Body registered under the Charitable Collections Act 1946, and is a registered Public Benevolent Institution