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Development on $21m Frankston aged care service

Victorian aged care provider, Benetas, has commenced on a $21 million state of the art aged care service, which is expected to define a new level of care, in the heart of Frankston.

<p>Chris Karagiannis, Benetas general manager strategy, infrastructure and housing.</p>

Chris Karagiannis, Benetas general manager strategy, infrastructure and housing.

The home, which will form part of leading Victorian not for profit aged care provider Benetas’ suite of aged care services, will be home to 80 people and is based on the innovative ‘cluster model’ of housing which brings with it significant benefits to clients’ wellbeing.

A special turning of the sod event will be held today at the site, with key community members, including Frankston Mayor Cr Sandra Mayer, on hand to celebrate the works.

Chris Karagiannis, Benetas general manager strategy, infrastructure and housing, says the development epitomised Benetas’ commitment to finding the best ways to support people as they age.

“The cluster model is all about creating a sense of ‘home’ for our residents, and ensuring we promote their health, wellbeing, social connectedness and independence through the services we deliver,” Mr Karagiannis says.

“We’ve carefully designed the floor plan to enable small groups of residents to live in clusters, increasing their access to in house amenities and contributing to a stronger sense of community.

The design also works to keep the back of house operations, such as catering and laundry, behind the scenes and out of sight, contributing to the homelike environment.

“This isn’t your typical aged care home. This is a personcentred approach that puts the needs of our residents, and their right to feel ‘at home’, front and centre; it’s something that Benetas is very proud of,” he says.

Works are expected to be completed within 12 months, with the service opening to new residents mid 2016.

Find out more about the Benetas' Frankston development.

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