Major upgrade at Resthaven site begins

Work has begun on the redevelopment of a Resthaven aged care home in Westbourne Park, South Australia.

Work has commenced on the redevelopment of a Resthaven aged care home in Westbourne Park, South Australia.

Emmet O’Donovan

The 57-year-old site is long overdue for a makeover, said manager building & capital projects Emmet O’Donovan. “Despite several upgrades over the years, a major redevelopment is required to meet the expectations of our customers now and into the future.”

Adopting a small household model of care – and designed in consultation with residents, staff and the local community – the facility will undergo a “major transformation”, providing “a more homely and personalised environment,” said Mr O’Donovan.

Included in the design – which has been three years in the planning – are a café, games spaces, private dining areas, outdoor walking trails, and a children’s playing area.

“Along with increased car parking, the whole site will be upgraded,” said Mr O’Donovan. Wellbeing improvements – such as increased natural light and more external garden outlooks – are also incorporated into the design.

Environmental sustainability is core to the design, said Mr O’Donovan. “This includes a large rooftop solar system and energy efficient heating systems.”

The now $46.5-million redevelopment, which was announced in March, is anticipated to generate more than 100 tradie jobs and take around two years to complete.

“This is a large investment in upgrading amenities that Resthaven can offer,” said Mr O’Donovan, “and we are delighted to take the first steps in beginning this ground-breaking project.”

Main image: Resthaven Westbourne Park manager Kamala Sharma and board president Mark Porter

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