Shadow Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, John Fowler, Paul Myers, Amalia Arlae, Alexandra Davis and Marta Aquino.
Australia’s only residential aged care facility aimed specifically at Spanish speakers has completed a four-year expansion project.
The Residential Gardens home in Sydney’s west was opened by NSW Minister for Ageing Peter Primrose.
Construction work in February 2007 and it was completed last month. With the expansion, the facility’s capacity has increased from 44 to 84 beds.
The project has also seen the addition of new dining facilities, a new kitchen and laundry space and a central courtyard.
“From the point of view of the residents, it facilitates better care and easier access to different parts of the facility,” said the home’s CEO, Marta Aquino.
“The residents say that they now live in a hotel and the people who come in say they would love to live here because of the environment.
“It’s also much more efficient to provide care.”
The expansion project involved the demolition of three existing cottages and residents remained onsite throughout the building works.
The facility has been designed to offer a range of long term care and accommodation for frail older people, according to Alexandra Davis from Paynter Dixon, which managed the project.
“We created an environment that not only ensured that all residents’ needs were met but also were given the right to maintain their health and dignity in their new building,” she said.