Delivering the next-generation of residential aged care
Having purchased the former Kaleeya Hospital site in 2014 from the State Government, Southern Cross Care began the redevelopment of the site in 2016, and it is due to open in 2018. Southern Cross Care CEO Errol Turner said nearly every aspect of the site is being redeveloped and renovated to create an outstanding innovative aged care centre. The key focus is next generation aged care, with advanced care planning to support frail aged and people living with advanced dementia. The site will also include a state of the art health and wellness centre with a hydropool, gym and allied health specialists.
“We engaged one of Western Australia’s leading architecture firms, SPH architecture + interiors, to undertake the master planning, architectural and interior design of the new Aged Care Centre.
“Working with SPH, it is our aim to deliver a contemporary integrated health, wellness and aged care environment with the best aged care, restorative and health services under our brand Southern Plus for seniors in the East Fremantle community.
Errol added that in the spirit of our contemporary next generation aged care brand Southern Plus, we are committed to making it as easy as possible for older people to access the health, wellness and care services they need, when they need it.
“In our residential care home we have created dementia-friendly spaces to support a welcoming and caring environment for both residents and staff, incorporating outdoor areas such as courtyards, gardens designed specifically for those with dementia and balcony and outdoor spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, safe and functional. At the heart of everything we do is our residents happiness. We aim to offer the best in advanced care planning, 24/7 nursing support and palliative care . We go to great lengths to nurture an atmosphere of friendship and wellbeing.
“On the ground floor, Southern Plus East Fremantle will provide access to health and well-being services including rehabilitation, health and exercise physiology services. These extra services will be available to our residents at an additional cost.
“We believe this offering will set new standards in health and wellness and will be a point of difference,” Errol said.
Subject to the necessary finalisation of the building and landscaping, Errol said he hoped to open the facility by mid 2018.
“There are many variables that may impact this delivery date and these unfortunately are outside our control, but we are working hard to have it open as soon as possible to meet the needs of the community”.