Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker today announced a $5 million grant towards a $15 million expansion of the aged care complex at Garden Village.
The announcement follows news this week that Port Macquarie was a big winner in the allocation of new federally supported aged care places, with Arcare gaining 91 and Highfields Manor 105.
The grant for Garden Village, under the Building Better Regions Fund, will help build 30 new units and a “cyber hub” designed to encourage and help older people engage with the digital age. In addition to that much more modern approach to the sort of facilities being offered to older Australians, five units are to be built around the theme of Senior Health and Wellness which will provide short term services to increase older Australians’ activity, wellbeing and independence.
Mr Hartsuyker said the plan for the hub highlighted the way in which many aged care providers are now designing much more imaginative living environments to give older Australians a more vibrant life through pleasant, open environments, with a greater range of facilities and options.
“This is a very welcome trend, evident nowadays widely across the sector, and it’s great to see so many projects shifting away from the often minimalist models of the past to ones that much better recognise that older Australians still want to live life to the full, and have some fun. For that they need a wider range of facilities, and Garden Village is one of the many operations that is remaking how older Australians are housed, and the sort of lives they can live.”
Garden Village CEO Craig Wearne said the project provided many social and economic benefits for the community, including 250 full time equivalent jobs. Garden Village has a record of ensuring at least 90% of trades used in construction go to local businesses.
“The project meets the demand of a growing number of people in our population, which has 27% aged 65 years or more. The intergenerational design, a health and wellness centre, technology and community spaces, and affordable retirement living provides for improved community and social inclusion in safe and secure accommodation.”