Autumn is an exciting time for UnitingSA, with our new aged care complex in West Lakes transitioning from a building site to a welcoming home.

After more than 18 months of construction, the finishing touches are being put on UnitingSA West Lakes, with the first residents scheduled to move into the top floor retirement living apartments in the coming weeks.

They will soon be followed by residents from our St Teresa Aged Care and Westminster Village Aged Care homes, who will start to occupy the three levels of Residential Aged Care in April.

Among the first residents to move into UnitingSA West Lakes are Hazel and Merv Dann, who have secured one of the top floor Vista Apartments.

The couple say they were drawn to the apartment’s “magnificent views” and the opportunity to join a community of like-minded people.

“At the end of the day, it’s about more than physical security. It presents peace of mind and a whole new community of friends,” Hazel says.

“If we want to go away, we can just lock the door and off we go, knowing everything will be safe and secure.

“We’re close to health services, shops, cafes, golf courses and our family, and there’s a new library just down the road which will be fantastic.”

Merv says access to services was a “big thing” in the couple’s decision to move.

“We can get support in our home and have priority access to Residential Aged Care, if and when we need it, which is very reassuring,” he says.

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“It means we can get on with life, knowing there are services there and we’ll never have to move again.”


  • 108 Residential Aged Care rooms across three levels
  • 17 top floor Retirement Living apartments
  • Views across the oval, lakes, ocean and city
  • Ground floor shops and services
  • Residents begin moving in during March and April