Innovative aged care hub unveiled in Canberra
(Media release: 27 April 2018): Older Australians in Canberra will now be able to access an innovative care hub specifically tailored for them.
The new centre unveiled today by not-for-profit community service provider Uniting offers an 84 bed aged care residential home, 86 Independent Living retirement villas, a Seniors Gym, a community centre and on site café and hairdressers. Many of the facilities, including the Seniors Gym, are also open to members of the public.
Drawing upon the latest global thinking in aged care, the co-located site also showcases the Household Model approach in its residential home, which has already been rolled out to six homes in ACT and NSW, with all homes due to move to the model over the next two years.
The Household Model gives back independence to the residents. They live as part of a vibrant and active household of 18 to 20 occupants with their own kitchen, dining room, living room and small cosy spaces like you would find in any home. The residents also have more flexibility in other areas of daily life, including a personal choice about when to wake up and when to have meals.
Before cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the site today, Peter Worland, Executive Director at Uniting, said: “Uniting offers a wide range of well-designed, affordable and secure homes for over 55s, and we are always looking for new and creative ways to build communities where we can provide choice and flexibility to our residents.
“As the latest addition to our family of homes, Uniting Amala Gordon is a contemporary, purpose-built campus designed in-line with the latest thinking in aged care, independent living accommodation, and health and wellness for older people.”
Minister Joy Burch MLA attended the opening in Canberra, seeing for herself the wide range of amenities available to residents, including:
- 84 residential aged care beds
- 86 Independent Living retirement villas
- Pastoral Care offering support to those of faith
- Regular bus trips to community events
- Regular leisure and social experiences on site
- Physiotherapy and podiatry appointments on site
Uniting provides aged care homes for almost 8,000 residents in ACT and NSW, including approximately 2,500 people living with dementia. Uniting offers a variety of living options to suit residents, from spacious private rooms with ensuites to shared rooms for those who enjoy company.
When it comes to Independent Living villages, Uniting is expanding. In 2016/17, the organisation submitted 11 development applications for major independent living projects, with a further four underway or completed.
Note to editors: Photos of Amala are available upon request. Photos of the opening event will be available by 5pm, Monday 30 April. Video and sound bites of the launch event will be available by Wednesday 2 May.