Seniors in the North-West Tasmanian town of Latrobe will soon be able to access more aged care services close to home. At the start of this year, work began on a major $10 million extension and renovation at Uniting AgeWell’s Strathdevon Community.
The aged care residence will be expanded from 37 beds to 67 beds and the existing building will receive a modern face lift using environmentally sustainable design. The renovation includes a community café, chapel, resident activity areas, gym, hair salon and state-of-the-art kitchen facilities.
Following consultation with indigenous groups, six rooms have also been designed to meet the needs of the indigenous community.
Uniting AgeWell CEO Andrew Kinnersly said the upgrade demonstrates the organisation’s ongoing commitment to provide high quality care to older people on the North-West Coast.
“This major upgrade means more people will have the option to remain in their local community and maintain social connections as they move into residential aged care,” he said.
Mr Kinnersly said the growth in Uniting AgeWell’s services also meant more employment opportunities in the area.
It is the largest Uniting AgeWell development in Tasmania since the Queenborough Rise aged care and retirement facility opened a decade ago in the Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay.