In this story:

  • ECH building an intergenerational care village
  • IRT Cullburra Beach gets the green light
  • Australian Unity completes stage one of vertical retirement precinct
  • Warmun Community Aged Care receives $500,000 for upgrades

ECH building an intergenerational care village

From left: Alessia Alevizos, Dot Norman, Anthony Rosa, Annie Reyonlds, Aniko Jones and Isabella Boundy

South Australian aged care provider ECH Inc has commenced building a $42.5 million retirement village that incorporates a Montessori Early Learning Centre in Modbury.

The collocated early learning centre is being built in partnership with SA Montessori at the Smart Road site.

The new development will feature a community garden, a café, gym, community hall and allied health services. It will also feature dementia-friendly and key design principles and is informed by community consultation.

It will be built by Sarah Constructions and designed by Walter Brooke and Aplin Cook Gardner Architects.

ECH chief executive Dr David Panter said the partnership would see a range of intergenerational activities implemented at the village.

“The Smart Road development will see a range of our independent living residents living and interacting with a Montessori Early Learning Centre, creating a one-of-a kind community inclusive of a range of benefits for all involved,” Dr Panter said.

SA Montessori CEO Barbara Langford said they were re delighted to partner with ECH.

“SA Montessori is proud to help expand the intergenerational experiences that will enrich the lives of children, older people and families in the South Australian community,” Ms Langford said.

IRT Cullburra Beach gets the green light

IRT Cullburra Beach entrance

Aged care and retirement living provider IRT Group has received approval from Shoalhaven City Council for a staged redevelopment of its Cullburra Beach Aged Care Centre on New South Wales’ south coast.

The redevelopment will include the construction of a new 26-suite wing on vacant land north of the existing aged care facility, which will also be refurbished.

It will also follow best-practice dementia-friendly design principles and the architectural plans will be projected to scale onto a warehouse floor to test and optimise how residents will use the space.

IRT held several resident collaborative design workshops in June with more than 15 residents to help plan outdoor areas.

IRT Group CEO Patrick Reid said the redevelopment would ensure the Cullburra facility living environment met the needs of residents into the future.

“We’re committed to providing access to care and services that support the dignity of our residents and recognise the contributions they have made to society,” Mr Reid said.

“It’s important to us that the changes we make now will support our residents in achieving their optimum quality of life,” he said.

Work on the redevelopment will commence in 2020.

Australian Unity completes first stage of vertical retirement precinct

The first stage of Australian Unity’s 18-storey luxury retirement-living building in South Melbourne is complete and welcoming residents.

Australian Unity’s the Grace Albert Park Lake vertical retirement living precinct

The Grace Albert Park Lake is part of a broader precinct from Australian Unity and features 79 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

The building, which has been designed to create a community, maximises natural light and overlooks Albert Park Lake and the city.

In the future residents who require higher care will be able to more into the forthcoming aged care and assisted living facilities.

It has been designed by architects Fender Katsalidis in collaboration with Melbourne-based interior designer Mim Design.

Fender Katsalidis associate director Jessica Lee said the completion of stage one shows how long-term thinking is needed to cater to the growing ageing population.

“Every consideration has been given to providing the best outcomes for residents particularly as we expect them to be calling this home for the remainder of their lives,” Ms Lee said.

Construction of stage two will commence in 2020 year and includes vertical aged care and assisted living apartments.

Warmun Community Aged Care receives $500,000 for upgrades

A remote West Australian community aged care facility that’s been empty since it was built because of plumbing and water infrastructure issues is getting a $500,000 cash injection from the state government to enable it to start providing services.

The 12-bedroom Warmun Community Aged Care facility was built for $12 million in 2014 as part of reconstruction efforts following devastating floods in 2011 but has lain idle since them because of infrastructure problems.

The WA government announced it is working through the Kimberley Development Commission and in partnership with Warmun Community incorporated to transform the centre into a viable, high quality residential aged provider over the next three years.

The centre will provide support of people in Warmun and surrounding areas to remain on Gija Country.

The centre will also provide aged care training and job opportunities for East Kimberley locals, as well as helping them build management skills in catering and laundry.

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