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06 July 2017

Benetas recently had a new resident move in, and he is proving to be the “paw-fect” fit. 

Meet Mr Wendall, he is a five-year-old...

Benetas recently had a new resident move in, and he is proving to be the “paw-fect” fit. 

Meet Mr Wendall, he is a five-year-old Havanese who was recently adopted by our Camberwell aged care home from Lort Smith, an animal adoption centre. 

Residential Manager, Jo Laker, said she has noticed the other residents faces light up when Mr Wendall enter a room. She said pets not only offered companionship and unconditional love, but research also suggests they have the ability to boost health and general well-being, especially in the elderly. 

“Across Benetas we regularly engage with pet therapists, but we have found it’s more beneficial for residents to have their own dog,” Ms Laker said. 

“Visiting dogs are kept on a leash throughout their visit and only stay for a short time, whereas Mr Wendall can wander around and spend time with each resident in their room, giving them the feeling he’s their dog, which indeed he is.” 

To find a Benetas home near you go to http://www.benetas.com.au/access/living-benetas 

02 June 2017

Benetas was announced as the winner for of the Leading Aged Services Australia Victoria (LASA) Excellence in People and Culture...

Benetas was announced as the winner for of the Leading Aged Services Australia Victoria (LASA) Excellence in People and Culture Award.  

This award is a wonderful recognition of the incredible work our People, Development and Diversity Team do every day, particularly in the development and ongoing implementation of the Benetas Workforce Plan.

The Workforce Plan is the plan we have to ensure that our staff members are supported in development, feel engaged with Benetas, understand the future opportunities available, and know how valuable they are to the success of Benetas. This includes our approach to learning, our diversity and inclusion commitment, and our OH&S improvement plan, amongst many others.

 

31 May 2017

Enid loved living on the Gold Coast, she had an easy lifestyle and one that she enjoyed immensely. Being able to socialise all...

Enid loved living on the Gold Coast, she had an easy lifestyle and one that she enjoyed immensely. Being able to socialise all year round with her friends in the nice warm weather was a real treat, especially after years of living in Melbourne.

However as Enid was almost 90, she started thinking about her living arrangements. She wanted to be closer to her children and grandchildren and to maintain her social life. She also wanted to make sure that all of her health care needs were taken care of.

Enid phoned her son and they talked about the different options available, including aged care homes. After Enid hung up the phone, she started thinking about all they had discussed. She decided an aged care home was right for her.

Enid then made the move from the Gold Coast back down to Victoria. Looking at six aged care homes in total, all were close to her family. One of the homes she looked at was a Benetas home, and immediately Enid felt at home.

‘The rooms were nice and spacious, the meals and layout of the home, everything about it made me feel comfortable. I instantly knew I would feel safe and secure within the Benetas community.’

Since moving into a Benetas aged care home at the start of 2017, Enid has been able to continue with her love of music, she keeps up to date with her friends on the Gold Coast via email and text messages, and enjoys spending more time with her family. ‘I am still able to have choices in all aspects of my life’.

Click here to find more about living with Benetas. 

19 September 2016

Following the recent launch of the Benetas Corowa Court Aged Care Apartments, the finishing touches have been put on Benetas St Paul’s Terrace in...

Following the recent launch of the Benetas Corowa Court Aged Care Apartments, the finishing touches have been put on Benetas St Paul’s Terrace in Frankston South. St Paul’s Terrace is a brand new aged care development on Towerhill Road with easy and direct access to most metro freeways. Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said that this development signalled the organisation’s move away from operating like traditional nursing homes, to a more person-centered and relationship-focused approach to care.

“This new approach is based on international best practice, developed over a number of years, combining our 68 years of experience with the best components of residential aged care models from around the world. We truly believe this fresh approach will change the face of residential aged care in Australia,” said Ms Hills.

“We wanted to support residents to have more choice and control over how they live, just as they would if they were living in their own home and our approach to new buildings and care achieves this,” said Ms Hills.

“We are in an exciting time of transition for aged care, with empowered consumers who have increased choice and control. We know that real choice for residents and their loved ones cannot be delivered by giving attention only to one or two elements of their life. We need to consider the person’s whole life and how elements such as their relationships, clinical support, their role in the community and their living environment contribute to their experience of ageing and life.”

A home first

The living spaces at St Paul’s Terrace are built to create a homelike environment, with small groups of residents in contemporary aged care accommodation. This new configuration will have eight residents living together in their own apartment which includes a kitchen, dining area, lounge room and outdoor space, designed to reflect the safety, comfort and familiarity of home.

More privacy will be given to residents in a space that will also enhance sharing, community and interaction with loved ones as much as possible. As part of our commitment to this, we have built beautiful spaces which enhance the longstanding relationship Benetas has with the Frankston South community. St Paul’s Terrace is conveniently located close to schools, parks, medical centres and freeways and a whole range of support services within the local area.

This approach is designed to support community engagement as much as possible, acknowledging the individual’s sense of purpose, meaningful activities and relationships. Members of the public and loved ones are also encouraged to enjoy these spaces, such as the café hub that will be open to the public and open outdoor areas within St Paul’s Terrace with plenty of fresh air and sunshine. These spaces promote residents’ physical activity and interaction with family, friends and the local community.

The role of the carer

This new aged care apartment living means a new way of working where the relationship between residents and their primary carer is emphasised. Each of the 10 apartments within

the St Paul’s Terrace home has eight bedrooms, a private living area, kitchen and outdoor space for exclusive use
of those eight residents only. Each apartment has a ‘front door’ which visitors need to knock on before entering the apartment.

This design allows a much more personalised level of care for residents.

There will be dedicated primary carers for each smaller resident group which means much closer bonds will be formed between residents and carers. This bond means Benetas staff can truly provide tailored, individual support to residents as they know them on a much more personal level. Residents will be able to socialise and eat where and when they choose, just as they would if they lived at home.

“What we’re looking for are carers who can really make a connection,” said Ms Hills. “While we’re interested in their clinical expertise and experience, we’re equally concerned with whether carers understand the need for high emotional intelligence, combined with a focus on supporting residents through our values of respect, responsibility, community and spirit, to enhance the quality of their care. This is central to residents being able to exercise more control and choice about how they live each day.”

Raising the bar on aged care

Set to open officially on 19 September, Benetas St Paul’s Terrace will raise the bar on the way aged care is delivered in Australia, providing greater choice and access to services to supporting the growing needs of our ageing community.

“This new approach means that we can make our vision for positive ageing and the best life for all a tangible reality,” said Ms Hills.

To express your interest or to find out more, please contact the Benetas Customer Centre on 1300 23 63 82 or visit St Paul's Terrace page for more information.

We wanted to support residents to have more choice and control over how they live.

19 September 2016

Benetas and American-based Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) recently came together for a series of meetings and discussions to celebrate...

Benetas and American-based Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) recently came together for a series of meetings and discussions to celebrate research outcomes and insights into the quality of ageing and end of life together with the Ray Graham Association and AHRC in America. As the first Australian aged-care specific organisation to work with CQL, Benetas is very excited to be involved in research that will truly make a positive impact on the quality of life that clients and their loved ones will enjoy at any age.

At this recent visit, Benetas CEO Sandra Hills noted that Australians are very fortunate to benefit from a unified vision of healthcare in government, despite the work that still needs tobe done in translating that vision into sustainable healthcare policies.

“We are undergoing an exciting time of transition in aged care, with greater focus on the choice, control and access of services to consumers. As we transition into new approaches to aged care and government funding, part of our motivation in working with CQL and implementing their way of working is to achieve more for our customers. Over time this will result in increased person-centered excellence and care,” said Ms Hills.

“We are amassing very significant data in our research on ageing, end of life quality and care however this data has to be used carefully. The individual’s journey and life has to be charted and reflected on over a whole period, including a person’s social capital and an appreciation of the significance of their roles in life.”

Ms Hills said Benetas’ focus on the customer experience and commitment to the Quality Management Framework meant that our journey with CQL, beginning 18 months ago has been well- placed to deliver on a more innovativeand personal method of understanding a positive experience of ageing.

“The information we acquire from our CQL research means customers will have more of an opportunity to explore and articulate what they want from us and what they want their ageing experience to look like, to ultimately inform policy directives and knowledge transfer within the wider aged care community.”

19 September 2016

Every older person has a story to tell, and it’s these stories that make them heroes. Benetas Unexpected Heroes is a unique photographic...

Every older person has a story to tell, and it’s these stories that make them heroes. Benetas Unexpected Heroes is a unique photographic exhibition showcasing the unexpected, extraordinary real stories of older Victorians. This year we are proud to present 20 stunning portraits of older Victorians from the Benetas community.

Do you have a hero in your life?

It could be your grandparent, a neighbour, or an older person who is special to you, even someone you have just met!

If so, you too can be a part of Benetas Unexpected Heroes by sharing a photo of your hero on social media, using #unexpectedheroes. 

www.benetasheroes.com.au

19 September 2016

Ushering in the next phase of aged care living with St Paul's Terrace Aged Care Apartments, Frankston Sth ...

Ushering in the next phase of aged care living with St Paul's Terrace Aged Care Apartments, Frankston Sth In Good Company.

03 May 2016

A lifelong dream to ‘sail the high seas’ saw Benetas Lovell House resident John Burnett do exactly that in March, thanks to the...

A lifelong dream to ‘sail the high seas’ saw Benetas Lovell House resident John Burnett do exactly that in March, thanks to the Benetas One Wish program. 

The program, which supports Benetas clients to realise a ‘once in a lifetime wish’, is part of our commitment to enhancing the quality of life of older people as they age.

After spending months planning out the trip with long-time Benetas volunteer Naresh Malhotra, the pair were able to finally tick the item off John’s ‘bucket list’ with a five day visit to the apple isle.

John and Naresh’s trip started with a much-anticipated voyage on the Spirit of Tasmania. The pair then drove from Hobart to Strahan before finishing in Devonport.

When asked about his highlights of the trip, John said that while he “really loved” Port Arthur, it was hard to pick only one special moment.

“Everything was wonderful, the ship was amazing and we had really great accommodation,” said John. “A big thank you to the Benetas One Wish program and Naresh for making this happen.”

The Benetas One Wish program is open to all Benetas clients, and is reliant on the generosity of donors.

To help make a wish like John’s come true for a member of the Benetas community, please visit www.benetas.com.au/donate or call 130023 63 82.

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03 May 2016

At the end of March, the Royal Commission into Family Violence concluded its work and its report was tabled in Parliament. The report outlines 227...

At the end of March, the Royal Commission into Family Violence concluded its work and its report was tabled in Parliament. The report outlines 227 recommendations, many of which take into account the experiences of elder abuse in the community.

Benetas welcomes the report and in particular values its focus on elder abuse, which acknowledges the vulnerability of older people in the community.

“This report is a timely and important reminder that unfortunately elder abuse continues to exist in our community and can have devastating consequences,” said Benetas CEO Sandra Hills. “Contributing factors such as a reluctance to report instances of elder abuse and issues around ageism in our community make this a highly complex issue.”

“Benetas is committed to ensuring we work with the sector and the older people we support to better recognise and understand experiences of elder abuse,” said Ms Hills.

As a leading advocate for older people, Ms Hills said that Benetas’ vision of facilitating a positive experience of ageing meant the organisation would seek to find effective solutions.“We are all ultimately working towards ensuring older people are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Ms Hills. 

“As part of this, we’re committed to contributing to the creation of meaningful and effective solutions moving forward.”

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report is available for download at www.rcfv.com.au.

Older Victorians experiencing elder abuse can get help by calling Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821

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03 May 2016

An innovative partnership between Benetas and American-based Council on Quality and Leadership...

An innovative partnership between Benetas and American-based Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) was celebrated in early February, with the organisations coming together to host an industry breakfast at ACMI Federation Square. 

CQL, whose work focuses on defining, measuring and improving the quality of life of people from diverse backgrounds, will work with Benetas to help us better understand and deliver on our customers’ quality of life and customer experience.

As the first Australian aged-care specific organisation to work with CQL, Benetas is thrilled to be raising the bar on promoting and facilitating client choice and control.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said the partnership acknowledged that while clinical outcomes were important, they shouldn’t be relied upon as the sole measure in understanding quality of life.

More for customers

“Part of our motivation in working with CQL and implementing their way of working was to achieve more for our customers, beyond basic compliance requirements,” said Ms Hills.

“We feel strongly that compliance is the minimum standard and we want to strive for something higher.”

Ms Hills said Benetas’ focus on the customer experience and work around the Quality Management Framework meant we were well-placed to deliver on a more innovative and personal method of understanding a positive experience of ageing.

“Our internal frameworks tells us that choice and control are critical to delivering on a great experience for older people,” said Ms Hills. “The program means customers will have more of an opportunity to explore and articulate what they want from us and what they want their ageing experience to look like.”

“We’ll then be able to identify ways we can make this a reality, and importantly, measure and evaluate if we’re hitting the mark.”

For more information about Benetas’ work with CQL, please contact Jane Collopy Benetas Quality and Compliance Manager, on 8823 7900.

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03 May 2016

The finishing touches are being put on Benetas Corowa Court Aged Care...

The finishing touches are being put on Benetas Corowa Court Aged Care apartments, our new development in Mornington.

The project, which will see the existing capacity of Corowa Court doubled to 120 beds, will take aged care to a new level with modern, contemporary facilities combined with first-class care.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said that the apartments, named to reflect Benetas’ new philosophy and approach to aged care while retaining the history of the existing Corowa Court, signalled the business’ move away from an institutional, hospital-style model of care.

“We wanted to support residents to have more choice and control over how they live, just as they would if they were living in their own home, and Corowa Court achieves this,” said Ms Hills.

“We know that choice for residents cannot be delivered by giving attention only to one or two elements of their life. We need to consider the person’s whole life and how elements such as their relationships, clinical supports, their role in the community and their living environment contribute to their experience of ageing and life.”

A home first

To create living environments which reflect ‘normal’ life as much as possible, small clusters of residents are set to live in their own apartment-type configuration of bedrooms, with smaller, more private living areas and fewer residents sharing their living, dining, kitchen and outdoor spaces.  Staff offices and work areas, including commercial and corporate activity, are positioned ‘back of house’ contributing to more ‘usual’ and familiar domestic spaces.

The work at Corowa Court Aged Care Apartments, which was first considered in 2012, has evolved as research has continued into best practice world-wide, resulting in a hybrid-model which responds to the particular nuances of the existing home.

The 60 bed extension sees the development of four separate apartments, made up of 15 bedrooms, each with en-suites. Within each apartment, residents have access to a private kitchen, servery and dining facilities, where food is served but can also be prepared by residents and families, promoting independence and social inclusion.

Adjacent to the dining area in each apartment is a separate living area, with direct access to an external terrace, balcony or courtyard space with sea or garden views. Private dining areas are also provided for residents to use and share with their family and friends, and residents have access to an on-site café, wellbeing centre and hairdresser.

The development has also been designed to support community engagement, acknowledging the importance of meaningful activities and relationships. Members of the public will be encouraged to share communal spaces, including a large garden park area, which also promotes residents’ physical activity and interaction with family, friends and the local community.

The role of the carer

Within the new way of working, the important relationship between residents and their primary carer is emphasised.

“What we’re looking for are carers who can really make a connection,” said Ms Hills. “While we’re interested in their clinical expertise and experience, we’re equally concerned with whether staff understand the importance of positive relationships with residents and how this works to deliver on client choice and control.”

As part of this, carers will be rostered to work in one apartment only, giving them the opportunity to get to know the residents and provide truly individualised support.

Raising the bar on aged care

Set to open on 1 July, Benetas Corowa Court Aged Care Apartments will raise the bar on the way aged care is delivered.

“The new build along with the refurbishment of the existing home mean that we can make our vision for positive ageing a reality,” said Ms Hills.

To express your interest or to find out more, please contact the Benetas Customer Centre on 1300 23 63 82 or visit www.benetas.com.au/corowacourt

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05 February 2016

 An innovative partnership between Benetas and the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is giving job seekers experiencing...

 An innovative partnership between Benetas and the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is giving job seekers experiencing disadvantage the chance to shine in aged care.

Benetas is one of several organisations working with BSL to host Given the Chance, an employment program created to support diverse groups such as refugees and young people to access meaningful employment.

As part of the program, three aged care graduates, Richard Kabera, Immaculee Ntakirutimana and Unity Omaregie, are currently employed as Personal Care Workers at Benetas Gladswood Lodge in Brunswick West for six months, with the potential for ongoing employment. The new employees receive mentoring from existing staff and BSL to help them learn more about Benetas and aged care, improve their skills and gain confidence.

Unity, a 44 year old refugee from Nigeria, applied for the program after struggling to secure work due to inexperience in the aged care industry and cultural barriers. Unity has made a wonderful impression during his time at the home and is well respected amongst residents and his colleagues.Unity is one of three Given the Chance participants at Benetas Gladswood Lodge.

“I finished my Certificate III in Aged Care and completed my placement, but this was not enough to give me a chance in the workforce and it was really difficult to secure employment,” he said.

“When I first arrived in Australia I was working in warehousing, but I much prefer working in aged care. I feel so happy coming to my shifts.”

“Today I am confident in my work because of the experience I have gained at Benetas through Given the Chance.”

Given the Chance was developed initially in response to a diverse community requiring access to employment opportunities, and to engage employers seeking suitable candidates they may not have previously considered. In aged care, many people found themselves graduating from courses with little to no understanding of what aged care work really looked like, and limited insight into whether they were suited to it or whether they would enjoy it.

Benetas’ participation in the program is part of its Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and reflects our ongoing commitment to establishing creative and non-traditional employment pathways to ensure we can deliver the highest level of care. 

05 February 2016

In an Australian-first, the benefits of a new technology in residential aged care flooring are set to be explored, thanks to a...

In an Australian-first, the benefits of a new technology in residential aged care flooring are set to be explored, thanks to a new research project to be undertaken by Benetas this year.

The flooring is set to make life safer and easier for residents at Benetas’ newest aged care residence in Frankston, due to be opened later this year.

The project will see specific sensor flooring installed under the normal flooring, and will work to identify the location of people standing on it, through measuring changes in the electric field. Through this technology, key staff will be notified immediately if a resident has taken a fall, along with a range of other motions, which will help them to respond quicker, particularly during the night.

The system will also help staff identify changes in residents’ behaviour, such as wandering, which will help to ensure they are receiving the best, most appropriate care.

Benetas Manager Research and Advocacy Dr Sophie Mepham said the flooring had the potential to bring with it a range of significant benefits, for both residents and staff.

“International research tells us that this technology can greatly assist with the reduction of injuries experienced by aged care residents, while also giving them a sense of safety and freedom,” said Dr Mepham.

“It can also cut business costs dramatically, with frontline staff shifting their focus to more proactive care, reducing time spent on routing checking.”

In a coup for the project, a significant portion of the $650,000 cost of the flooring will be waived by the Australian distributor of the flooring, Healthcare Lifting Specialists, as part of the research partnership.

“This extensive research program will focus on not just the benefits to residents, in relation to addressing frequency and impact of falls and associated confidence, but how things improve for staff in their day-to-day work,” said Dr Mepham.

“We’re looking forward to working with residents, their families and staff to ascertain how well the flooring has worked for them, and whether it’s something that would benefit residents at all Benetas sites, and more widely across Australia.”

For more information about Benetas’ new Frankston aged care apartments, please visit www.benetas.com.au/stpaulscourt or call 1300 236 382.

For more information about the Benetas flooring project, please contact Aaron Wyllie, Benetas Research Department, on 8823 7900.

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05 February 2016

The opening of a new Benetas aged care apartments in Frankston and a significant extension to the existing Benetas Corowa Court...

The opening of a new Benetas aged care apartments in Frankston and a significant extension to the existing Benetas Corowa Court in Mornington are set to ensure the increasing aged care needs of the local community are met now and well into the future.

The two projects, part of Benetas’ commitment to delivering modern and contemporary housing models, are both based on a model of care which works to create a homely environment for residents.

The specifically tailored floor-plan, which enables small groups of residents to live together in ‘clusters’ based on lifestyle and preferences, will increase access to in-house amenities and create a stronger sense of community.

All back of house operations, such as catering and laundry, will be positioned out of sight, contributing to the home-like environment.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said both developments were focused on promoting residents’ rights to feel ‘at home.’

“Just because you’re moving into aged care, doesn’t mean you can’t still be in control of how you live your life,” said Ms Hills. 

“We want to break down some of the negative stereotypes that exist, and show people that a new chapter of life is just beginning when you move into residential aged care,” said Ms Hills. 

For more information about Benetas’ new builds and developments, please visit www.benetas.com.au/newbuilds or call 1300 236 352.

06 January 2016

Fancy a career change in 2016 or accreditation for what you already do?

Benetas is a supporter of the Diploma...

Fancy a career change in 2016 or accreditation for what you already do?

Benetas is a supporter of the Diploma training course in Pastoral Care and Ageing starting in February 2016.

Who's it for?

Suitable for people interested in pastoral care and ageing, pastoral carers from any faith background, those working or volunteering in faith communities, in the broader community and in aged care.

The course includes reflection on placement experience, in your workplace or as a volunteer. This course is a valuable stepping stone in your professional pastoral care pathway.

Enrolment

Find all the details of Accredited training in pastoral care and ageing with BaptCare.

 

06 January 2016

Benetas proudly supports the 2016 Anglican Conference, Life in Abundance to be held at Trinity College Theological School 10–13...

Benetas proudly supports the 2016 Anglican Conference, Life in Abundance to be held at Trinity College Theological School 10–13 February.

The theme of the conference is 'mission and evangelism' and is a partnership with the Anglican Board of Mission, Anglican Overseas Aid, Anglicare Victoria and Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Register now

Registrations are now open for this important inter-agency conference on mission and evangelism: Register here.

Find out more

29 September 2015

We’re proud to be an employer of choice, and in early September, we celebrated Equal Pay Day by making the announcement that we will be...

We’re proud to be an employer of choice, and in early September, we celebrated Equal Pay Day by making the announcement that we will be paying superannuation to staff members while they are on paid parental leave.

This move is above the requirement for businesses in Australia under the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and means we’re again raising the bar on pay equity for our staff.

Benetas General Manager People Development Ellen Flint said the move demonstrated Benetas’ commitment to promoting gender equality and pay equity.

“We know that women take more time off work than men when they start a family and take more parental leave, and we are seeing the impacts financially when they are preparing for retirement,” said Ms Flint.

“As a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality over the last nine years, we have a long history of advocating for and promoting the best interests of our male and female workforce.”

“This change to our superannuation policy is another step in that direction, and one that we’re very proud of.”

The move is just one part of Benetas’ commitment to pay equity, with Benetas CEO Sandra Hills a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador. Benetas’ 1,500 staff members are also offered access to a range of initiatives which promote gender equality, including paid parental leave, job sharing, leadership development and mentoring programs, flexible work hours and a scholarship program.

 

Want to join the team? Visit our careers centre for the latest jobs.

29 September 2015

We’re committed to providing modern, innovative housing models that meet the changing needs of older people, and to make sure we...

We’re committed to providing modern, innovative housing models that meet the changing needs of older people, and to make sure we deliver on this we have started work on three major residential projects across Victoria.

These projects, which are based on the innovative ‘cluster model’ of housing, are set to define a new level of care for older people and change the way aged care is delivered into the future.

Mornington

The $14 million expansion of Benetas Corowa Court in Mornington, which will see the capacity of the site doubled from 60 to 120 beds, is on track for completion in mid-2016. We’re also redeveloping the existing facility to ensure our current residents can enjoy the most modern facilities that match the look and feel of the new building.

The expansion is part of our commitment to meeting the growing needs of the local Mornington Peninsula community, now and well into the future.

Frankston

As you will have read in our last edition on In Good Company, development of our Towerhill Road site is continuing at a rapid pace, with the $21 million state of the art facility to be launched in late 2016.

The new facility will be home to 80 people, and has been carefully designed 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.

Heidelberg

Benetas purchased a block of land on Lower Plenty Road in March with a view to building an 104 bed aged care facility in early 2016. The $26 million facility will follow Benetas’ unique blueprint, with the model ensuring residents’ health, wellbeing, social connectedness and independence are prioritised. 

Traralgon

With Stage One nearing completion, Stage Two of the Dalkeith Heights Independent Living development has now kicked off. As part of the $10 million investment, 37 new units are being built at the site, along with extensive civil works including roads, services and landscaping. 

This stage of works is set for completion in early 2017, which will then see the commencement of another 30 units as part of Stage Three.

Community investment

Stay tuned for updates

For regular updates visit our New Builds page or find us on Facebook.

29 September 2015

Giuseppe Inserra built, ran and owns the iconic Laverton Skate Centre. He spent hours teaching children and adults to skate, and spends...

Giuseppe Inserra built, ran and owns the iconic Laverton Skate Centre. He spent hours teaching children and adults to skate, and spends much of his free time turning figure eights around the rink. And he’s 78.

Giuseppe joins 18 other Victorians in an innovative campaign which is shaking up how older  people are seen in the community as part of the  2015 Victorian Seniors Festival, from 4-11 October. 

"Unexpected Heroes" showcases the untold stories under a few wrinkles of 19 older people who are part of the Benetas community in a unique photographic exhibition. 

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said the campaign was all about increasing respect for older people.

"We believe that every older person has a story to tell, and it’s these stories that make them heroes," said Ms Hills.

"Unexpected Heroes" is part of our commitment to advocating for older people in our community and ensuring their voice is heard.

"Unexpected Heroes is our way of contributing to that dialogue and standing proud in the fact that we value older people," said Ms Hills.

Behind the Wrinkles - school resources promote respect

Along with encouraging people of all ages to upload a photo of their hero via social media, the campaign has a strong focus on encouraging younger people to understand the lives of older people and to breakdown negative stereotypes associated with ageing, through the delivery of a school resource.

“We have a long history of nurturing and supporting the very special intergenerational relationships between older and younger people, and this campaign continues that journey," said Ms Hills.

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19 August 2015

Benetas congratulates APM...

Benetas congratulates APM Group for receiving the Master Builders Association’s Excellence in Health and Safety award for 2015 for their work at our new site in Frankston.

APM is currently building our new 80 bed facility on Towerhill Road, which is set to open in late 2016, representing a $21 million investment for Benetas.

The award, which recognises the culture and implementation of Health and Safety systems, is a credit to the high quality work APM delivers and the value they place on safety and the wellbeing of all their employees.

 

 

An impression of Benetas' award-winning new development at Tower Hill in Frankston by APM Group