The residents at Living Choice Twin Waters retirement village are today celebrating as construction of a high care residential aged care facility commences, delivering 114 additional aged care beds for the Coast and all the benefits of co-located care to village residents.
Living Choice Director Ian Tregoning said the company had joined forces with Estia Health to deliver the aged care facility at Living Choice Twin Waters, with Estia set to own and operate the facility and Living Choice’s construction division engaged to build the two-storey complex.
“We are delighted to see this project break ground today and to add residential aged care to the great offering we already have for our residents,” Mr Tregoning said.
“Recent research conducted by Grant Thornton found that retirement villages with on-site care services were increasing in popularity and outperforming stand-alone retirement villages. This is because residents have peace of mind knowing a higher level of care is available should they need it. This is particularly important for couples, as both partners are able to remain living in the same precinct if one requires a higher level of care than the other.”
Mr Tregoning said while numerous retirement villages and over-55 lifestyle resorts existed on the Sunshine Coast very few offered adjoining residential aged care.
The new facility will offer 114 single rooms with private ensuites, a community garden, hairdressing salon, library, sensory garden for dementia patients, dining rooms and lounges, activity rooms and consulting rooms for visiting medical professionals.
Estia Health Development Manager Natalie Vaughan said the new high care facility would also include commercial kitchens to provide meals to residents as well as a high level of specialist support.
“We’re pleased to be offering various specialist services on-site including respite and memory support care, which will allow us to cater to residents with a broad range of conditions,” Ms Vaughan said.
“During construction, the project will generate up to 120 jobs and, once completed, the facility will create employment for up to 50 local staff members so this is certainly an exciting project for the region.”
Twin Waters Retirement Village Residents’ Committee Chair Jenifer Simpson OAM said the addition of residential aged care to the Living Choice Twin Waters retirement village had been very well received by residents.
“It is very reassuring to know that on-site care will be available close to home should we need it — it provides great peace of mind knowing your support network is still within walking distance,” Ms Simpson said.
“While Living Choice provides a great lifestyle for those enjoying their retirement, residents requiring high care services have had to leave our close-knit community. It’s wonderful to know that we can now call this home irrespective of the level of care needed.”
“It is also good to know that residents living at any of the Living Choice retirement villages on the Sunshine Coast will have priority access to the facility, which is a big positive for those of us living in the Kawana Island and Twin Waters communities.”
In August this year Estia Health will also commence construction of a high care facility within the Living Choice Sunshine Cove village site giving future residents access to similar services onsite once the village is built.