South Australian aged care provider Resthaven has kicked off a construction project at its aged care and retirement living home in Bellevue Heights in Adelaide’s south.

Resthaven deputy board president Ben Sarre and its manager of residential services Mandy Micallef turned the first sod at a ceremony to mark the beginning of the redevelopment.

Resthaven’s Bellevue Heights home has 99 aged care rooms and 60 independent living units that were built in the late 1970s.

The $25 million redevelopment includes replacing 32 aged care rooms to create additional landscaped areas and 13 car parking spaces and refurbishing the remaining 67 rooms.

It also includes a new purpose-built area to care for 16 residents with cognitive impairment and a 12-unit extension to replace seven independent living units, which have already been demolished.

Ben Sarre and Mandy Micallef turned the first sod

Other features include a new staff room, kitchen and laundry room along with upgrades to the main entrance, café and Gum Tree Lodge, which is the communal meeting and activity room for retirement living residents.

The redevelopment brings care accommodation under the one roof to offer easy access to communal areas and services for all residents and greatly improves the street appeal of the home, Resthaven said in a statement.

“Much care has been taken to ensure that the new build blends into the current, natural hills environment of Resthaven Bellevue Heights, which is a wonderful feature of the home,” Resthaven said.

Resthaven CEO Darren Birbeck, executive manager of financial services David Norton, executive manager of residential and retirement living Tina Cooper, manager of building and capital projects Emmet O’Donovan and representatives from Sarah Constructions and architects Brown Falconer also attended the ceremony.

The project is expected to be completed in May 2023.

Main image: Belinda Campbell, Mario Dreosti, David Norton, Emmet O’Donovan, Ben Sarre, Terry Tsapaliaris, Darren Birbeck and Sarah Constructions builders

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