The much-anticipated refurbishment will provide additional accommodation for 50 residents. The extension includes a dedicated and secure memory support area for residents experiencing dementia.
“It was fantastic to have so many of the local community join us,” says Ms Erin Sharp, General Manager of Redleaf Manor.
“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,” she says.
“The response to the renovations was extraordinary, with quite a few of our rooms reserved on the day,” Ms Sharp continues.
The new wings are named ‘Ethel ‘Stalky’ Lane’ and ‘Bellona’, chosen specifically for their historical relevance to the Concord area. They are 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.
Among the many visitors who attended the ceremony were members of Ethel Lane’s family who live in the local Concord community.
While a lot of emphasis was placed on historical relevance of the original 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.