New South Wales and Queensland aged care provider Whiddon has completed a $38 million aged care redevelopment in regional NSW.
The redevelopment in Redhead in the Hunter region has added 115 residential aged care places to finish with 175 new and refurbished aged care beds, the existing retirement living units and a base for Whiddon’s community care team.
As previously reported, the first stage of the project saw the development of Keppel House, a two-storey home featuring 80 single bedrooms with sea views or ground floor rooms with courtyards and access to landscaped gardens.
The building is designed for small household living with each area for 10 residents centred around an intimate loungeroom with nearby interactive kitchens and dining spaces.
The site also has onsite café, hair and beauty salon, large activity spaces and rooms for allied health care rooms.
The second stage of the project included the refurbishment and expansion of the existing aged care home to incorporate a dedicated space for dementia care and the conversion of all rooms to singles with ensuites.
Whiddon Redhead also features the first Club Whiddon, a communal space catering for large group activities, private celebrations and family gatherings for residents, families, and visitors.
Whiddon CEO Chris Mamarelis said they were excited and proud to celebrate the completion of Whiddon Redhead redevelopment and many years of hard work.
“This milestone now allows Whiddon to offer our award-winning care to an additional 115 residents, which sees our Redhead community grow to 175 residents in addition to our existing retirement living units.
“We also anticipate the creation of over 150 new jobs once we are fully occupied covering careers in nursing, hospitality and hotel services,” Mr Mamarelis said.
“We are very proud of the results and to introduce a new living model integrated into the physical design for the first time at Whiddon. It is a beautiful aged care campus that has so much to offer the local community.”
Whiddon executive general manager of property Regan Stathers said it was important to move away from traditional designs and towards more homelike living.
“Our smaller household model provides opportunities for enhancing relationships between residents, their families, and our staff,” Mr Stathers said.
“We focused the design principles on environments that are intimate, enable choice and foster independence whilst ensuring continuity of care and quality of life for residents now and into the future.”
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