Anglicare is proposing the development of a retirement village and residential aged care facility in Milperra, to help meet a need for suitable seniors’ accommodation in Canterbury-Bankstown.
Backing onto the Bankstown Golf Club, the proposed development will be delivered in three stages, with the first stage including both residential care and retirement living units along with community facilities including a library, gym and bowling green. The second and third stages will build retirement living units. It is currently estimated that the total capital investment will be an estimated $100 million.
“There are many people over the age of 65 currently living in and around Milperra. However, there is little in the way of quality retirement living developments, residential aged care and community support services. At the moment there are no residential aged care homes in Milperra, Panania, East Hills, Voyager Point and Picnic Point,” explains Grant Millard, Anglicare CEO.
“In addition, according to the Department of Health, there is a shortfall of more than 1000 beds in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA, which is expected to increase due to population growth. With regards to retirement living, there are only 4 locations offering this type of accommodation within 10km of the Milperra site.
“Anglicare has a great opportunity to meet the needs of people in the heart of Milperra. By creating suitable accommodation, wellbeing and care services for older people living in this area, we will provide the opportunity for them to remain in an area they already love and call home, rather than move to other areas to receive these services.”
The site was chosen as it enabled residents to age in place and have easy pedestrian access to local amenities and public transport.
According to Grant Millard, there is a need for more co-locating of aged care services and self-contained dwellings.
“Most of Anglicare’s 22 retirement villages are currently co-located with aged care homes, while also providing a range of home care services to those living independently within the village. We believe that it is important to provide care and support services that meet the needs of residents, whatever they may be,” says Mr Millard.
“This provides great peace of mind and a sense of security for the future. For this reason, all of Anglicare’s major village developments planned for the next 5 to 10 years include the provision of aged care services, as well as self-contained dwellings.”
Anglicare is also looking to employ about 100 people once the development is established.
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