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Healthia: Small-scale, COVID-safe Living For Older People In The North Of Adelaide

A desire for ‘home-like’ living in older age will see the first small-scale residential care facility designed to support COVID-19 safe care practices to be built in South Australia.

Healthia, located adjacent the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Elizabeth South will offer eight small residential care houses with a focus on contemporary best practice in personalised, dementia-friendly care in a familiar and domestic-style setting.

ACH Group CEO Frank Weits said the organisation was thrilled to be able to offer a purpose-built facility for older people to continue to live well in the north of Adelaide.

“ACH Group is proud to launch an exciting state-of -the-art residential care home which will give residents the feeling of home and connections to their community,” he said. “We recognise that the northern metropolitan Adelaide region is already home to 21 percent of South Australia’s population and is the fastest growing region for older people in South Australia.

“As expressed throughout the Royal Commission and from our own customer research, older people are seeking ‘home-like’ small scale living options where residents can live in a familiar household style environment. Healthia provides all the elements of home and allows residents to feel connected to their community and involve themselves in the natural flow of daily routine.”

Residents in each of the 12 bed houses will have access to integrated services to support them living in their own homes while additional on-site services include a café, hairdresser and resident gym.

The facility caters for up to 96 people who are awaiting care, need respite, require palliative and transitional care, as well as ongoing residential care home.

The purpose-built small scale living development has been reviewed by internationally regarded health design specialists, Health Projects International (HPI) to pioneer COVID-safe infection control measures.

“Design features to support COVID-19 safe care practices have been at the forefront in the planning of Heathia and we are committed to the health and safety of our residents and staff,” said Mr Weits.

“The design includes larger communal living spaces to allow for social distancing, increased fresh air circulation, and designated one-way entry and exit points to each house to reduce the spread of infection. In addition, doors and taps will be automated wherever possible, and antimicrobial products will feature more prominently than has been seen previously.”

The project has been architecturally designed by well-known, Adelaide based architectural firm, Brown Falconer.

Mr Weits said 180 people will be directly employed during the construction phase which will get underway by mid-2021.

“Once operational, the facility will employ 66 full time equivalent roles which will bring welcome investment for the north of Adelaide,” he said. “We are keen to continue to work closely with the local community and key stakeholders to bring this exciting project to life.”

Healthia will also serve as an educational and training hub, offering opportunities for student placements each year.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2022.

For enquiries, send us an email at enquiries@ach.org.au.

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Meet Jodie Roberts – ACH Group's Dementia Co-Design Manager who has been with ACH Group for 13 years.

Jodie loves that her role makes a difference in the quality of life for a person living with dementia and their carers. Her workday includes providing dementia behaviour support services at ACH Group's residential care homes, educating staff and families about best practice dementia care, and designing training content that is evidence-based, leading-edge and engaging.

Jodie shared, "I am extremely fortunate to work very closely with our customers, their families, and staff which keeps me connected to the experiences people have in residential care. I am then able to share their experiences with colleagues so that we can co-design products and services that meet those needs."

One thing about Jodie you may not know is she is an absolute car enthusiast, in particular Holden's and early model Commodores. Jodie and her husband belong to an SA car club and both drive matching white early Commodore station wagons!

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Meet Jodie Roberts – ACH Groups Dementia Co-Design Manager who has been with ACH Group for 13 years.

Jodie loves that her role makes a difference in the quality of life for a person living with dementia and their carers. Her workday includes providing dementia behaviour support services at ACH Groups residential care homes, educating staff and families about best practice dementia care, and designing training content that is evidence-based, leading-edge and engaging.

Jodie shared, I am extremely fortunate to work very closely with our customers, their families, and staff which keeps me connected to the experiences people have in residential care. I am then able to share their experiences with colleagues so that we can co-design products and services that meet those needs. 

One thing about Jodie you may not know is she is an absolute car enthusiast, in particular Holdens and early model Commodores. Jodie and her husband belong to an SA car club and both drive matching white early Commodore station wagons!

#StaffofACHGroup #dementiaactionweek2021

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