CENTRAL Coast not-for-profit organisation Peninsula Villages is pleased to announce that it has received approval of its Development Application for the development of a new 120 bed ageing in place facility at 85 Pozieres Avenue, Umina.
The state of the art development will replace the current care facility at Peninsula Villages' Jack Aldous House, providing residents with access to the very best ageing in place amenities on the Central Coast.
The Development Application was discussed at a meeting with Peninsula Villages and the Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) on 24 August, where the DA has now been approved subject to a few agreed amendments.
The JRPP supported the Council Assessment Report recommendation to provide conditional approval subject to increased privacy and visibility impact of the building on Bapaume Avenue, additional street landscaping, and the development of a Parking Management and Operational Plan to address the net increase of capacity by Peninsula Villages of 24 beds.
Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Villages, Shane Neaves, said that the new facility will not only benefit ageing community members, but also create new job opportunities for locals and prepare the organisation for the increased demand in residential aged care in the future.
"We are extremely pleased with this decision. It is an exciting outcome for our for-purpose aged care organisation and the local community," said Shane.
"This $24.5 million development will bring a great deal of economic and social benefit to the Peninsula and wider Central Coast, creating more jobs and opportunities to accommodate our ageing community with the very best facilities, both now and in the future," he continued.
The new Penisula Villages 120-bed ageing in place building will be three levels of private single rooms, each with their own en suite. The organisation has also planned for the rooms to be broken into family units of up to 14 residents with key staff to be allocated to each area to ensure continuity of care.
"As the needs of our community members evolve, so must we. The new building will be a move forward and away from the 'traditional' aged care facility to rather a focus on the comfort and enjoyment of residents," continued Shane.
"We aim to achieve this through the provision of high quality amenities and services, as well as improved care by our multi-skilled team," he added.
Peninsula Villages will offer three distinct levels of care at this facility, including aged care and palliative care, as well as specialist dementia care with a dedicated dementia unit on the ground floor.
"For over 40 years, Peninsula Villages has been putting the needs of the Central Coast community first and we look forward to continuing to accommodate locals for the next two decades and beyond," concluded Shane.
Following this approval, construction of the new Peninsula Villages facility is planned to commence in early 2018.
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