Benetas Corowa Court Aged Care Apartments – opening soon!

Benetas Corowa Court Aged Care Apartments – opening soon!

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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