South Australian aged care provider ACH Group has announced the development of a $40 million health and education hub in Elizabeth South.
Healthia is a partnership between ACH Group, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, University of South Australia and City of Playford.
The hub is located adjacent to Lyell McEwin hospital and will include a 96-place residential aged care home made up of eight small-scale household with 12 private rooms each.
The aged care home has been designed and built to limit the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 and incorporates findings from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and best practice in dementia care.
UniSA will co-locate with a general practice and student-led allied health clinic open to the public on a full-time basis on weekdays and students will undertake placement in the residential care home.
ACH Group CEO Frank Weits said the provider was proud to lead the partnership.
“Healthia will improve the health and lifestyle outcomes for Adelaide’s northern community and reimagine residential aged care,” Mr Weits said.
“The royal commission favoured the small-scale household model for residential care as the home-like design promotes better quality of life for residents especially people living with dementia.
“Healthia has been designed around a village model. Within each home there are spaces you typically see in every house, including a kitchen for residents to prepare and cook meals in, and a dining room and living area to come together in,” Mr Weits said.
The hub is expected to be fully operational by June 2023.
Main image: Professor Esther May, Mary Patetsos, Glenn Docherty, Natalia Hubczenko and Frank Weits turn the first sod
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