Noticeboard: NSW’s first Islamic faith aged care facility opens

Also in this wrap: Uniting redevelops Emu Plains facility; Arcare officially opens doors; and Benetas unveils new Victorian facility.

In this story:

  • First NSW Islamic faith aged care facility opens
  • Uniting redevelops Emu Plains facility
  • Arcare Pimpama officially opens doors
  • Benetas unveils new Victorian facility

NSW’s first Islamic faith aged care facility opens

The first Islamic faith residential aged care facility in New South Wales has officially opened its doors in Auburn, Sydney.

The facility, Gallipoli Home accommodates 102 places, made up of 82 single rooms and 10 double rooms. It also includes an atrium, reception, lounge, communal facilities, a café, village shops selling halal foods, a wellness centre and underground carpark.

Gallipoli Homes specialises care for more than 10 different cultural communities within the Islamic faith, including Turkish, Lebanese, Indian, Egyptian, Iranian, Syrian, Afghani, Iraqi, Pakistani and Bangladeshi. Staff at the facility will speak Turkish, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu.

Minister for aged care Ken Wyatt said the facility was designed to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic community.

“Furniture, linen, crockery and fittings are culturally familiar, along with specific religious requirements including prayer rooms, and residential areas to allow men and women to meet separately,” Minister Wyatt said.

He said that this facility is part of the government’s commitment to ensure aged care is available for all culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Uniting redevelops Emu Plains facility

An artist’s impression of the redevelopment at Edinglasse Village

Residential aged care provider Uniting has been given approval from Penrith City Council to redevelop its Edinglassie Village facility located in Emu Plains, New South Wales.

The redevelopment will include 100-beds, where the existing two and four-bed shared rooms will be replaced by 20 single ensuite rooms among five households.

A contemporary household model of care will be incorporated to give residents choices about their daily routines, leisure and lifestyle activities.

Each household will feature common areas, including a kitchen, dining room, lounge, laundry and quiet areas. On-site amenities will include a café, hairdresser, day spa and chapel.

Construction at the facility will commence in early 2019.

Arcare Pimpama officially opens its doors

Bedroom at Arcare’s Pimpama facility

Queensland-based aged care provider Arcare officially opened its doors to its $31 million facility in Pimpama.

The new facility features 96 private suites with accommodation for respite, dementia and permanent support available. It also includes a hair and beauty salon, private dining room, well-being centre, theatre and manicured gardens.

The facility is located within the Gainsborough Greens development and is strategically placed close to residential community provider’s Halcyon Green’s recreational precinct.

The public can tour the new facility on 20 October.

Benetas unveils new Victorian facility

Not-for-profit aged care provider Benetas has unveiled its new $32 million facility located in Heidelberg in Victoria.

The new facility, The Views features 103 residential aged care beds and apartment living for eight residents as part of Benetas’ approach to deliver apartment style living and focus on creating a genuine household environment for residents.

The facility’s décor is influenced by artist movement Heidelberg School of impressionists, where residents, families and visitors will have access to private art galleries managed by the Heidelberg Artists Society.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said that the new approach has been proven to be beneficial to residents.

“We are proud of our new approach to aged care and recent research released by Flinders University confirms that our model of residents living in smaller home-like clusters have a better quality of life,” Ms Hills said.

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