In this story:
- Warrigal opens new dementia home
- Estia welcomes first residents to Sydney facility
- Construction underway on Estia’s new $28 million facility
- Oryx secures land for new facility
Warrigal opens new dementia home
NSW aged care and retirement living provider Warrigal has officially opened its state-of-the-art 32-suite dementia home named Mystics after a local surf break.
The home is part of the 128-bed residential facility at Warrigal’s flagship aged care precinct for older people in Shell Cove.
The design is influenced from research Warrigal undertook with the University of Wollongong that showed how thermal properties of the built environment could impact the behaviour of people with dementia.
Dementia-friendly initiatives include colourful and individualised front doors to suites, where residents are encouraged to surround themselves with familiar belongings, and a 1950s backyard with a timber shed and an original looking Hills Hoist.
Technological features include sensors and a co-designed online client portal, which can be accessed by family and friends to book meals, activities and spa services.
Estia welcomes first residents to Sydney facility
The first 40 residents at Estia Health’s $25 million aged care facility in the Sydney suburb of Kogragh have just moved into the new 69-bed facility, which took almost two years to build.
The residents transferred from Estia’s existing Blakehurst facility to the new site on 20 March.
Resident Barbara McNamara said she had been counting down the days until she could move in. “More than anything, I am looking forward to all of the entertainment and using the cinema,” she said.
The new facility also features a library, computer hub with internet access, a private dining room for family gatherings and registered nurses on-site around the clock.
Estia Health has 68 facilities nationwide including 11 in the Sydney area.
Construction underway on Estia’s new $28 million facility
Elsewhere Estia Health has commenced construction of its new $28 million 110-bed aged care facility in Southport, Queensland.
The two-storey facility will include 64 beds on the first floor and 46 beds on the ground floor, including 17 in a dedicated memory support unit, with all rooms featuring a private ensuite and a design to maximise natural light.
The development also features a hairdressing salon, café, cinema, library and private dining room for small gatherings. It will replace the recently demolished 60-bed facility that was constructed on the site in the 1970s.
Construction is due to be completed in May 2019 and will add to the six facilities that Estia currently operates in Queensland.
Oryx secures land for new facility
Perth provider Oryx Communities has purchased a site within the new Claremont on the Park development in the city’s western suburbs following a successful bid with LandCorp for a multi-generational approach supported living concept.
Known as The Queenslea, the proposed multi-storey project includes aged care for up to 115 residents in apartments and suites, respite care and a memory support day centre for people with dementia.
Also planned is an intergenerational childcare centre for 80 children, serviced assisted living apartments for seniors or people with a disability and commercial space for allied health services.
The design, which will be done by HASSELL Studio, is expected to take 12 months followed by an 18-month build time.
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