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Warwick’s new residential aged care service is now only a few months away from opening.
Executive Director Services Bryan Mason said we hope to welcome our first residents in September this year, “providing the final stages and certifications take place as expected.”
Megan Minsai was appointed as Residential Aged Care Service Manager at the end of May.
“Megan lives in the region and has a wealth of nursing and aged care leadership experience, primarily in regional communities of south-east Queensland. She will work closely with Donna Hart, Regional Manager Central West to establish the team and service at Warwick in coming months,” Bryan said.
The finishing touches are being made to the buildings and landscaping, which feature materials and design that complement the local environment.
“Moving into the service in the cooler Southern Downs months, the residents will be able to take advantage of and enjoy the welcome lounge with large fireplace.”
Throughout the new building there has been strong focus on dementia-friendly design, which can be describe as ‘communities within the community’.
“There is a real home-like an environment for the residents, and they will have access to safe and stimulating outdoor environments and plenty of natural light, which is important for their wellbeing.”
Another exciting feature is the use of modern technologies.
“Our new communication system will allow staff to contact each other on site via personal voice-activated devices, which will aid in the quick response to resident needs.”
Residents will have access to recreation spaces to take part in activities or do their own exercises to retain their mobility and strength, allowing them live life to the fullest. Appealing recreational areas also feature in the landscaped gardens, including a barbeque and opportunities for residents to continue their passion for gardening.
Alongside the aged care service, a key part of the Warwick Campus is encouraging the broader community to be involved, with a community centre, hair salon and café all open to residents of the aged care service and retirement village, as well as the local community.
“This reflects our integrated community focus, which goes beyond co-location in being highly responsive to each community’s needs. This collaborative approach puts people first: overcoming any practical or cultural challenges so that all facilities and activities (such as gyms, pools, places of worship, carparks and events) are genuinely shared and result in uplift for both residents and local community.”
Mission Action Partner Craig Sadler is facilitating and providing leadership in helping bring the community together.
The Warwick development is colocated with Regency Park Retirement Village on Dragon St, three kilometres from the town centre. The village was purchased in June 2015 as part of a Masterplan approach to an integrated community, and has already been enhanced with the addition of a clubhouse in 2017.
Meanwhile on Parklands Boulevard at Little Mountain, near Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, we are looking at welcoming our first residents into the residential aged care service in early-2019.
“If you are driving along the Boulevard, you can now easily see the two residential aged care buildings that will provide the cottage model of care for residents, along with the large community centre building, which will also function as a place of worship for the local community,” Bryan said.
Digging has begun for an eight-lane, 25 metre swimming pool and a 7.5 metre learn-to-swim pool on the site. The heated pools will host a range of aquatic activities for the community, including swimming lessons, membership-based swimming, as well as aqua aerobics and therapeutic hydrotherapy for residents.
"There has been strong interest from a number of community groups to use the pools for lessons and other activities, including the nearby Meridan State College."
The external building works are almost complete, and attention has now also turned to the all-important internal fit out of the state-of-art service and campus. Landscaping and the installation of carparks and walkways around the site is ahead of schedule and have already begun, with further work to be completed over the next few months. “Late this year we will recruit a Residential Aged Care Service Manager. We will be creating approximately 100 new jobs for Caloundra region, with qualified health professionals, registered nurses, personal care workers and hospitality staff required at the aged care service.”
This ‘greenfield’ project has already stimulated the local economy, with close to 700 contractors engaged in the construction phase by May 2018, with more required to finalise the first stage of development.
In Boonah, on the Scenic Rim, we received significant news in April that Stage 1 of the redevelopment of the existing site had been approved by the Council.
This first stage of the redevelopment will comprise a single storey, 64-bed residential aged care service. Once complete, it will replace the existing 40-bed nursing home building at Fassifern Aged Care Service which has a number of limitations restricting its ability to accommodate growing needs.
As with our other major developments, a broad Masterplan for the site was submitted to Council to provide clarity and certainty for the site. However there is still a need at each stage of development to undertake detailed assessment of demand and supply before commencing any construction.
There has been no date set for the start of the construction with design work continuing.
Planning and design activities continue for Stage 1 of the Golden Age and Lady Small Haven Redevelopment, with the Gold Coast City Council having provided preliminary Master Plan and first stage development approval earlier this year.
The first stage includes the construction of 20 new retirement living units. Further stages will be revealed following detailed planning.
A rigorous tender process took place to appoint preferred building contractors and an architect for the planning stage. The successful tenderers are McNab building contractors and Diecke Richards Architects. Both companies are very experienced in working in the seniors care sector.
The design considerations include space allowances in units, the type and placement of fixtures and fittings, doorways, and modes of entry and exit to buildings, among other matters, to make future units purpose-built for seniors. The design phase also includes attention to details of plumbing, electrics, telecommunications, air conditioning, landscaping and similar, and how operations staff will best be able to manage everything from waste removal to catering needs.
Service managers are involved in design planning as they have a good understanding of resident needs. A transition Manager will assist residents to move into the new units.
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