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- Sundale to upgrade Nambour site
- RSL LifeCare opens high-tech facility
- BaptistCare opens $11m redevelopment
- New facility to provide a home for homeless and disadvantaged
Sundale to upgrade Nambour site
Queensland Sunshine Coast not-for-profit provider Sundale has announced a $250 million redevelopment of its Nambour campus.
The first stage includes a “Village Heart” with retail shops including a café, beauty salon and small grocery store, 146 care studios, a clubhouse with a library, media room and computer hub for studio residents, and an apartment block with up to 72 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.
The Village Heart aims to be a community connection point offering opportunities for the general community to participate in public activities and access to the retail precinct.
The redevelopment, to be designed by ThomsonAdsett architects, will occur in the now vacated Nicklin Lodge and Nicklin Court and not impede the operation of the rest of the site, Sundale said.
Site demolition will take about six months and construction is expected to commence mid-2018 and be completed 18 months later.
New facility to provide a home for homeless and disadvantaged
Mission Australia has formally opened its newest aged care facility, Benjamin Short Grove in Orange in regional NSW.
The $16.7 million facility, which is named after the man who founded Mission Australia 155 years ago, provides aged care for up to 60 local men and women experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
The service includes single rooms with ensuites across four pods of 15 rooms, each with its own dining room and two lounge facilities.
It also features 24-hour nursing assistance, medical specialist services including podiatry, optical, physiotherapy and psychiatric support, tailored dietary and nutrition planning, activity rooms and landscaped outdoor areas with barbecues.
The purpose-built facility began operating earlier in the year with the service model based on the award winning model of Mission Australia’s Charles Chambers Court aged care facility in Sydney’s Surry Hills.
Mission Australia CEO Catherine Yeomans said the organisation’s recently released Ageing and Homelessness report highlighted the growing demand for residential aged care facilities like Benjamin Short Grove that offer 24 hour care that is appropriate for older people in need.
Mission Australia owns and operates a third specialised aged care facility, Annie Green Court in Redfern in inner Sydney.
RSL LifeCare opens high-tech facility
RSL LifeCare’s new aged care facility in western Sydney has bedroom laser beam, floor sensor and trip light monitoring technology among its state-of-the-art features to support residents’ safety and wellbeing.
The John Edmondson VC Gardens centre also features sensors that monitor and report on residents’ locations, a smart medication management system to maximise medication safety, access to health specialists through video conferencing and a virtual reality social program providing animal therapy through a friendly robotic seals.
The facility also has a specialised dementia unit.
The centre was opened recently by Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt, who encouraged the agede care sector to consider useful innovations such as those at this new facility.
“Technology will never replace the dedication and service of trusted care and health professionals but it can support them to provide even better and more efficient care,” Minister Wyatt said.
BaptistCare opens $11m redevelopment
BaptistCare has officially opened its $11million redeveloped Niola Centre in Parkes, NSW. The renovation has increased the capacity of the facility by seven beds to now accommodate 59 residents and includes a specialised dementia care unit.
Additionally all four-bed wards have been replaced with new double and single rooms with ensuites and a new commercial kitchen provides freshly-cooked meals.
Other features include air conditioning and wall-mounted flat screen TVs in all rooms, a nurse-call system, a consulting room for allied health appointments, hair salon, a state-of-the-art hydro therapy spa bath and two new courtyard areas.
BaptistCare’s general manager for residential services Paull English said the Niola Centre and its significant refurbishment was its way of investing in the Parkes community and supporting its residents into the future.
BaptistCare purchased Niola, formerly a bush hospital, as a 12-bed home in 1957.
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