South Australian aged care provider Life Care has picked up two gongs at state urban development awards for its home in Joslin, Adelaide.

The 2021 Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA) Awards for Excellence recognises excellence and innovation in creating places and projects that shape South Australia.

Life Care won the Aged Care and Community Housing Award and Seniors Living Award for the design of its $47 million Gaynes Park Manor and Gaynes Park Suites aged care community in Joslin, Adelaide.

Gaynes Park is a 96-residential aged care home which has been designed specifically for residents with dementia and includes 41 single and two-bedroom assisted living suites.

The design is based on an assisted living concept from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, which provides people in their 70’s and 80’s with luxury apartment-style living and in-house individualised support.

The home features meals prepared by executive chef Bethany Finn, communal lounge areas, billiards room, consulting rooms for visiting specialists and service providers and a library.

Ground floor library at Gaynes Park Suites

The judges said the Gaynes Park complex marked a step forward in the retirement and aged care industry.

“The hospitality model of care and services with its back of house design gives a 5-star hotel or luxury cruise ship type feeling as opposed to the facility having an institutional character,” the judges said.

Allen Candy

“The dementia friendly design approach has led to staffing efficiencies as well as a more open facility for residents,” they said.

Life Care CEO Allen Candy said the awards recognised the organisation’s commitment to improving the lives of older South Australians.

“Our strategy is to create communities that support the changing lifestyle and health needs of the community by combining accommodation with higher levels of care that can be brought in as and when a resident requires,” Mr Candy said.

“Gaynes Park is a campus that we can be proud to have our parents and grandparents move into today and it will remain relevant for many years to come,” he said.

Main image: Life Care’s Gaynes Park Suites

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