WONTHAGGI’S Rose Lodge has a new chief executive officer, with Malcolm Price retiring after five busy years in the role.

He handed over responsibility to successor Shane Jenkins last Wednesday, who has shifted from Leongatha’s Woorayl Lodge to take on the new challenge.

“I’d like to welcome Shane to Rose Lodge and I think he’ll do a great job and carry on the work that we’ve all started and put his own stamp on it,” Mr Price said.

As Mr Price eases into retirement, he’s looking forward to spending time hunting and fishing.

His successor was at ease on his first day, with Mr Jenkins enjoying the opportunity getting to know team members and residents.

The chance for career progression at a larger organisation and more importantly, new opportunities, motivated him to apply for the CEO role at Rose Lodge.

Mr Jenkins is excited by the chance to help establish a planned standalone memory-support facility for residents with dementia, having a passion for that specialised area of aged care.

That interest stems from being the youngest of a large family, with regular exposure to the older generation from a young age.

The new memory support facility won’t be just a wing, but a whole building.

“This is their own home and they’re supported within that under one roof,” Mr Jenkins said.

He intends to work closely with Bass Coast Council and the health service as the project progresses.

Mr Price said the new building will be purpose built, designed for those with dementia to move around, and incorporating features such as courtyards.

That will benefit both memory-support residents and the general population at Rose Lodge, with the behaviour of those with dementia sometimes difficult for others to understand.

The outgoing CEO reflected on his five years in the role, having emerged from semi-retirement and shifted from Melbourne to tackle the challenge.

When he started, there was much to be done in relation to the staff situation and the need to establish a cohesive team.

He succeeded in bringing back a number of staff who previously worked at Rose Lodge.

“There’s a really good crew now and Shane will take that over and take it forward,” Mr Price said.

Improvements to Rose Lodge buildings through intensive maintenance and the establishment of gardens have been other positive changes under Mr Price’s watch.

He noted the addition of roses was an important step for the Rose Lodge name to ring true.

While he looks forward to his new role, Mr Jenkins doesn’t underestimate its magnitude.

“Malcolm’s done a lot in the last five years and so I’ve got big shoes to fill,” he said, wishing Mr Price well in retirement.

Both men have made vast contributions to the health system, devoting many years of service to those in hospitals and aged care.