‘Turning of the sod’ celebrates work commencing on $13 million redevelopment
30 June 2014

‘Turning of the sod’ celebrates work commencing on $13 million redevelopment

As part of Benetas’ commitment to planning for the future needs of older Victorians, work has recently commenced on a $13 million redevelopment of Benetas Corowa Court in Mornington.

The significant expansion, which will increase the capacity of the facility from 60 to 120 beds, will see a range of innovations introduced, aimed at increasing social connectedness of residents and improving their wellbeing and access to services.

The commencement of works was celebrated at an official ‘Turning of the sod’ event at the site in early April, with Mornington Shire Mayor Antonella Celi joining parish representatives, members of the local community, residents, families and staff to mark the occasion.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said that the greater demand for aged care services meant providers needed to be more creative in their design of new facilities.

“With over 21 per cent of people living on the Mornington Peninsula aged 65 or older, this expansion will ensure that Benetas can meet the increasing demand for aged care in the area, now and well into the future,” said Ms Hills.

“We are committed to ensuring that not only do we meet this need, but that we meet it in the most responsive ways possible.

“More and more people want to live in their own homes as they age, and we will support them to do that. Yet the reality is, many people still need residential aged care, and we need to be able to provide innovative building and design solutions to make their stay with us as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The new development at Benetas Corowa Court is the perfect example of innovative design.”

The expanded facility will include the introduction of cluster-type living, with bedrooms planned around smaller, more accessible resident activity areas, and increased proximity to internal support services.

“We are genuinely looking forward to when this site is completed and ready for occupation in late 2015,” said Ms Hills.