251 Mountain Highway,
The Victorian Government is investing $81.58 million to build the new Wantirna residential aged care facility.
This 120-bed development aims to improve resident privacy, dignity and independence while delivering best-practice care in a home-like environment.
When complete, the facility will support a range of resident care needs and contemporary models of care and provide a dementia-friendly environment. The design aims to optimise physical and mental wellbeing through access to natural light, fresh air and views of the Dandenong Ranges.
The Wantirna residential aged care facility will be completed in 2022. It will form part of the Wantirna Health Precinct, a community-focused neighbourhood that provides integrated health and wellbeing services.
The development represents stage two of the Modernisation of metropolitan Melbourne public sector Residential Aged Care strategy. This strategy aims to develop larger scale services that better meet community expectations. It will enable contemporary models of aged care that are dementia friendly, support mental health and are suited to the needs of people with complex care needs.
The Wantirna aged care development aims to provide the following benefits:
The 120-bed four-level residential aged care facility will provide residents with high quality facilities and models of care. It will support a range of complex needs including limited mobility and dementia.
A home-like environment
Residents will have improved privacy and dignity with single rooms and ensuites. These will be grouped into pods of seven or eight to facilitate a home-like environment.
Enhanced community connection
Multipurpose common areas will support residents to provide meaningful engagement in activities and maintain family and community connections. The facility will also include a café and sacred space.
The architecture of the new facility seeks to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of residents and staff. Natural light-filled spaces and views out have been integrated into the design to increase the sense of connection to the natural environment.
Energy efficiency is a key design consideration with this development.
The building will connect to the existing Wantirna Health facility for efficiency, safety and convenience. Wantirna Health will continue to provide palliative aged care, geriatric evaluation and management, allied health, and support services.
Accommodating future need
The development has been designed to facilitate a future expansion to the south west corner of the Wantirna Health precinct if required. Consideration has been given to connection points to the reception, lifts and front of house spaces.