Stage 2 approved in Gerringong
Kiama Municipal Council has approved the second stage of plans to redevelop the Uniting Mayflower aged care facility on Belinda Street, Gerringong.
The $20 million redevelopment will include state-of-the-art accommodation and communal spaces, based on a ‘household’ model of care, where residents live in smaller groups or ‘households’. Each household will have its own kitchen, dining and lounge areas creating familiar, homelike environments.
Uniting Director of Residential and Health Care Services said the facilities will be first-class, “Uniting Mayflower Gerringong will offer more intimate living spaces with the privacy of spacious bedrooms and the familiarity of consistent care staff within each household,” he said.
Other features will include beautiful landscaped gardens, an on-site café, chapel, a community and wellness centre, and a range of adaptable activity areas for the enjoyment of residents, their families and friends.
Leonie Stewart has been a Uniting Mayflower Gerringong Independent Living resident for over six years and loves being part of the village community. Mrs Stewart has a long connection with Uniting Mayflower Gerringong as her parents were among the first residents to move in back in 1982. Mrs Stewart said most of the Uniting Mayflower Gerringong community is very supportive of the redevelopment.
“I'm very keen for it to go ahead. I moved here so that I wouldn't need to move again later in my retirement. The new residential aged care facility will be first-class providing peace of mind for me and my family,” Mrs Stewart says.
Juliet McDonagh, Deputy Service Manager at Uniting Mayflower Gerringong Service said she is excited by the plans, “I’m sure both residents and staff will enjoy the new homelike atmosphere, it will strengthen our wonderful Uniting Mayflower Gerringong community spirit even more.”
Saviour Buhagiar said Uniting is committed to keeping the community updated on the development’s progress, “It’s important everyone knows what’s happening at every stage of the project. We will ensure everyone remains informed right along the way.”
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