Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care the Hon. Mark Butler MP has officially opened UnitingSA’s 101-bed redevelopment at Westminster Village Aged Care.
The redevelopment includes a new, state of the art, 37 bed wing which has already become a happy home to new residents.
UnitingSA Board Chair Gael Fraser said residents were enjoying the beautiful new facilities and gardens the new redevelopment offered.
“Investing in high quality aged care through improvements to infrastructure is one of UnitingSA’s top priorities,” Ms Fraser said.
“The Westminster Village Aged Care redevelopment is a great example of how we can reinvent and improve our facilities through thoughtful design. The redevelopment has breathed new life into the existing aged care site, and has created a seamless flow between the old and new parts of the facility,” she said.
Work on the $11.4 million redevelopment began in early 2021 and was completed in April this year.
It took just over 12 months to create the spacious wing with its private rooms with en suites, as well as modern communal lounges, dining and activity areas.
“The redevelopment also includes a number of internal courtyards and a large undercover patio to provide residents plenty of gathering spaces to enjoy the beautiful gardens.”
An onsite café, where residents, staff and visitors can come together, opened last week.
“It really is a development that puts resident wellbeing at its centre and allows us to provide optimal care in a modern environment that has all the comforts of home,” Ms Fraser said.
The majority of new residents now calling the new wing home are from UnitingSA’s Regency Green Aged Care home, which was decommissioned as an aged care facility in May this year.
“The way the Westminster Village community embraced the new residents and went above and beyond to help them settle into their new home was incredible,” Ms Fraser said.
“Regency Green was a diverse multicultural aged care site and the Westminster Village staff immediately began to seek out ways to support their cultural needs,” she said.
“Chinese tea sets were bought, lanterns were hung, and bi-lingual staff were rostered to work with multicultural residents.”
It has been a wonderful demonstration of our team putting the cultural needs of those we support front and centre, and the vibrancy of Westminster Village is all the richer for it.
The official opening last Friday included former Paralympian and Member for Colton, the Hon Matt Cowdrey, City of Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans, members of UnitingSA Board of Directors and Executive Management team, along with representatives from Walter Brooke and Associates, who designed the redevelopment, and Kennett Builders.
Members of UnitingSA’s Property and Housing and Aged Care teams, who collaborated on the project, also attended the event which was live streamed to residents and families who watched on from the activity room while enjoying a celebratory afternoon tea.
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