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$20 million investment in Gippsland

26th October 2017

Leading Victorian not-for-profit aged care provider Benetas has today announced plans for a major expansion and refurbishment of its Benetas Dalkeith Hostel aged care home in Traralgon, representing a $20 million investment by the organisation.

The project will be based on Benetas’ new apartment design, which sees small groups of residents living together to reflect a more home-like environment.

Benetas General Manager Strategy, Infrastructure and Housing Chris Karagiannis said the organisation’s new approach reflected a deliberate move away from clinical, traditional forms of aged care.

“Our new approach to aged care is based on research that tells us that the best way to support quality of life is by offering living environments which are as home-like as possible,” said Mr Karagiannis.

“The apartments reflect this, with each resident able to enjoy the privacy of spacious, modern bedrooms with ensuites, while sharing a well-appointed kitchen, lounge, dining space and terrace with the seven other residents of their apartment to use as they wish.”

Stage one of the works, which are set to commence in the coming months, will see a new development of 64 additional aged care places linked to the existing facility by late 2018.

“The new building will feature eight apartments of eight people each, as well as a café, wellness centre, hairdresser and communal and private family living,” said Mr Karagiannis.

Stage two will see the redevelopment of the existing home to also reflect the new apartment model, with eight bedrooms per apartment, café, communal and private lifestyle spaces and refurbished sports bar for residents to enjoy.

The final project will see 118 aged care beds delivered.

Benetas began rolling out the new approach in 2016 with the opening of Benetas St Paul’s Terrace Aged Care Apartments in Frankston, and the refurbishment and expansion of Benetas Corowa Court Aged Care Apartments in Mornington.

The organisation also currently has a 103-bed aged care apartment facility under construction in Heidelberg.

“Benetas has a strong commitment to improving and modernising all of its services to reflect best practice in aged care, and the works at Dalkeith Hostel are just one part of this,” said Mr Karagiannis.

The announcement comes just days after the organisation celebrated the official opening of new village facilities at Dalkeith Heights Independent Living in Traralgon.

“We want to ensure we’re continuing to raise the bar on the provision of high quality, innovative services in areas of need,” said Mr Karagiannis.

“This investment is reflective of our commitment to meeting the increasing need for aged care services in the local Gippsland area.”

Mr Karagiannis said the organisation was particularly pleased to have engaged local building company BFN Developments to deliver the work at Dalkeith Hostel.

“Engaging local suppliers wherever possible is a priority for Benetas,” said Mr Karagiannis.

“Working with local suppliers and the local community allows us to continue to build strong relationships within the areas we work.

“We are very proud to be a part of the Gippsland community and we want to take every opportunity to
engage with and invest in it.”