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Allity's 'historical' home gets 'makeover'

Allity's Redleaf Manor Aged Care in Concord, an inner Western suburb of Sydney, celebrated the completion of its renovations and extension of two new neighbourhood wings.
Left to Right: John Sidoti MP Drummoyne; Amanda (Ethel's granddaughter) and Ray Lane (Ethel's son); and Erin Sharp, Redleaf Manor Aged Care general manager.
Left to Right: John Sidoti MP Drummoyne; Amanda (Ethel's granddaughter) and Ray Lane (Ethel's son); and Erin Sharp, Redleaf Manor Aged Care general manager.

Redleaf Manor Aged Care was officially opened by John Sidoti MP for Drummoyne last Saturday.

The original home built in 2008 showcased the much anticipated refurbishment, which will provide additional accommodation for 50 residents.

The extension includes a dedicated and secure memory support area for residents experiencing dementia.

The new wings are named Ethel ‘Stalky’ Lane and Bellona, chosen specifically for their historical relevance to the Concord area – honouring the work of nurse Ethel Lane with WWII widows and veterans and the ship (The Bellona) that marked free settlement in the local area of Concord.

“It was fantastic to have so many of the local community join us. The day was just as much about thanking our residents, their families and the community for their patience and understanding during the building phase as it was showcasing our magnificent new home," says Erin Sharp, Redleaf Manor general manager.

The response to the renovations has been described as "extraordinary", with quite a few of the rooms reserved on the day.

Redleaf Manor Aged Care is now looking forward to welcoming its first resident on 20 July 2015.

Among the many visitors who attended the ceremony were members of Ethel Lane’s family, including son, Ray, and granddaughter, Amanda, who live in the local Concord community.

While a lot of emphasis was placed on historical relevance of the aged care home, the renovation and extension is modern in design and carefully thought through in the quality of its luxurious finishes and furnishings.

The integration of technology has been an important consideration with the home completely Wi-Fi enabled ready to meet the needs of the next generation of residents.

Allity is a leading aged care provider of 44 homes located across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

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