BaptistCare reveals plans to meet growing demand in the Macarthur region championing community and connection
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08 November 2022
| Retirement Living
Stories | Aged Care Homes
BaptistCare has unveiled plans for its Elderslie site, announcing the immediate start of construction of a new residential aged care home, and plans to extend the Angus Bristow retirement community early next year.
A new 96-bed aged care home will provide much-needed accommodation, care, and services to older people with an increasingly popular “small household” model. The design features a home-like atmosphere, where 16 bedrooms will be grouped together and connected to common areas such as a kitchen, dining, and lounge area.
The development will include a hair salon, café, chapel, health clinic, onsite parking, dementia gardens, and internal courtyards.
Environmental sustainability features of the home will include electric vehicle charging points for visitors, a design that optimises daylight and ventilation inside the home, and rainwater collection and re-use.
Grindley Construction, an Australian-owned construction group focusing on aged care and retirement living, was appointed as the builder for this development, along with award-winning architects, Calderflower.
Construction of the aged care home is due to be completed and become operational in 2024, while construction of the Angus Bristow Village extension will commence in early 2023 and is anticipated to finish in late 2024.
BaptistCare’s Elderslie site is already home to residents living in the existing 48 retirement village units, and 175 seniors, single parents and children living in the community housing development.
Camden Council forecasts that between 2016 and 2026, the region will experience a 57.4% increase in people of retirement age, with one in five residents over the age of 65.
BaptistCare sees this as a driving factor in its investment in the local area, said Charles Moore, Chief Executive Officer of BaptistCare.
“The masterplan for our Elderslie site shows our commitment to the local Macarthur area, with an investment of approximately $60 million. We see this as vital to ensuring modern and appropriate accommodation is available to older Australians in the community.”
“Importantly, the modern aged care home will enable us to deliver best-practice and quality care to older people, and also create employment opportunities in the local community,” he said.
“We’re also incredibly conscious of the benefits of intergenerational living, so we want to see our Elderslie site, including the retirement community, community housing tenants, and older people, continue to be part of a vibrant place that champions true community and connection.”
“Both the village and community housing already have community centres onsite to facilitate events and activities, and the new aged care home will similarly feature opportunities for visitors to connect with residents and spend time together in and outdoors,” said Mr Moore.
BaptistCare also provides home care to clients across south west Sydney, and the Elderslie site also includes the administration office for the home care team, and a day respite centre for those caring for loved ones at home.