Sundale to spend $130 million for centres at Nambour
AMONG the expansion plans for aged care services on the Sunshine Coast are two projects totalling $130 million by Sundale for its centres at Nambour and its brand new complex in Tewantin.
Sunshine Coast Council has given the nod for an $80 million redevelopment in Carter Road, Nambour, with provision for an additional 218 unit retirement village, aged care and childcare facilities. At the moment Sundale has 300 residents living on the site.
And in Noosa it has already started preliminary works for a $50 million retirement village of 180 units, and aged care facility of 60 beds in McKinnon Drive, Tewantin.
According to Sundale CEO Glenn Bunney development expansion like his group is undertaking is vital for the majority of people as they start their aging journey and look to service providers.
At the same time it is clear to him an increasing number of older Australians now prefer to stay at home as long as they can.
"They need support to do that and that changes the balance of what they need to stay at home and what they need in the residential setting.
"We've been involved in home care for 11 years now and what we're seeing is a very different shift.
"If we look at the occupancy of residential care nationally, levels across the country not so long ago were 98-99 pc which was very consistent with what we had ourselves.
"It's now down to 92.4 pc and, while there may be some differences regionally, I expect the number of places will be pushed below 90 pc.
"We have 130 people at various levels of home care and when we talk to them about the sort of services they are looking for they invariably say, 'This is my home this is where I want to stay.'
"If they need to get railings put in or doors widened, say for a wheelchair, there are Government programs available for those who don't have the resources to do this for themselves."
He said increased desire for home care was an opportunity for jobs. "Two years ago we had between 30 and 40 employees in our home care business. Today we have 50 and that's a reasonable growth."