I visited the newly built Benetas The Views at Heidelberg recently and I thought it was a beautiful facility. Not only are the buildings and fittings very nicely and tastefully finished but the concept of care here is a bit different. They have what they call aged care apartment-style living which consists of 13 aged care apartments, each with 7 or 8 residents. Each apartment has its own kitchen, lounge and dining areas.
Residents each have their own private room with an ensuite. As I visit many facilities in my role as an Aged Care Placement Consultant it is encouraging to see innovative styles of aged care being adopted.
A primary care team is available within each apartment, fostering relationships that provide a more personal and engaging level of care. The care team will know of each resident’s personal preferences, likes and dislikes and their daily routine. Registered and enrolled nurses are available 24/7 for clinical support where required as well as visiting medical and healthcare specialists.
I was heartened to hear that residents are supported and encouraged to continue pursuing their hobbies and interests. There is a lively activities program available that includes a happy hour, bus tours, fitness programs and movie screenings. A café and sports bar, arts and crafts room, hairdressing salon, wellness centre/day spa, cinema and library are also onsite for resident’s use.
Qualified chefs cook nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and cultural, religious and dietary needs are catered for. With great views, lovely courtyards and a pet friendly environment this new style of aged care looks extremely promising. It will be great to offer this different style of aged care accommodation when looking at placement opportunities for my clients.