West Park residential care set to benefit from upgrade

ACH nursing home West Park in Goolwa

A new multi-purpose space will be built at ACH Group’s West Park residential care home at Goolwa as part of an upgrade of the site.

Work on the $500,000 project is set to commence in July and will include the construction of the standalone activity room with kitchenette, toilet and covered alfresco area.

West Park Manager Lynn Coleshill says the space will be a welcome addition at West Park, where residents enjoy a balance of private and communal living.

“This will be a place where people can maintain and improve their health and wellbeing, as well as provide opportunities for social connection through a range of activities including our art classes, Sunday café and birthday celebrations,” she says. “It will be a warm and inviting place to bring the West Park community together.”

Leading South Australian architect Walter Brooke, whose portfolio includes the Adelaide Oval redevelopment, Australian Federal Police headquarters, and ACH Group’s ViTA facility, was engaged to design the contemporary, multipurpose space.

Ms Coleshill says the upgrades are in line with ACH Group’s Healthy Ageing approach which aims to make it as easy as possible for residents to remain physically, mentally and socially active.

“We want to ensure that our residential care offerings continue to offer innovative models of care and the best in modern facilities to support people to live well as they age,” Ms Coleshill says.

The project will be carefully staged to minimise disruption to residents, staff and volunteers during the construction phase, expected to occur between July and October.

Anthony Balsamo, Director from Walter Brooke Architects, describes the design vision for the upgrade as having a strong focus on improving the health and wellbeing of all residents. “The new facility will be purpose built for residents and include protected and shady outdoor spaces, fresh contemporary finishes, and all within a flexible multipurpose space that seeks to encourage an active lifestyle,” says Mr Balsamo.

Schiavello Construction (SA) will undertake the building works which is expected to have a direct local community benefit; both through the construction phase and ongoing.  As well as being leaders in construction in the health and aged care sector, Schiavello Construction (SA) was recently appointed to deliver the upgrade to Goolwa High School.

A not-for-profit organisation established since 1952, ACH Group operates eight fully accredited residential care homes across Adelaide and the Fleurieu each with their own signature features and strong links with the community.

Established in 1989, with 10 new rooms added in 2001, West Park is a lively and bustling home, comprising a range of self-contained cottages and private single room residential care units.

For media inquiries, please contact Lauren Bobrige, Communication Advisor, on 0417 856 361 or lbobrige@ach.org.au

Celebrating volunteering

Celebrating volunteer media release 2021

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

With National Volunteer Week held from 17–23 May 2021, ACH Group will celebrate the significant contributions its volunteers make.

There are 250 volunteers across ACH Group, including Susan Field and Sue Morris, who give their free time to support a broad range of social experiences, group activities, and specialist programs.

For Susan volunteering at ACH Group’s Yankalilla Centre residential care home was a natural choice, as her career was dedicated to the aged care sector.

“I worked in aged care for 26 years in various residential care homes in Adelaide. When I moved to Normanville, I knew I wanted to find somewhere in the area where I could continue to contribute,” she said.

Susan believes having the experience in aged care only meant she was passionate about supporting older people.

“I came in with a broad range of experience, but you do not need a skillset or previous experience in aged care to volunteer here; you need empathy and kindness,” she said.

Amongst Susan’s activities as a volunteer is supporting the ‘My Reflection Group’ where residents can share life memories with each other weekly.

“This is a great way for residents to connect with each other on a personal level – like getting to know your neighbour’s life story and realising you have more in common than you thought,” Susan said.

Sue volunteers weekly at ACH Group West Park residential care home in Goolwa and is known by all residents on site for her positive outlook on life. Sue provides support for residents in each of the 10 cottages at West Park.

“We run weekly get togethers, at times we do craft or just sit and chat about general topics. Recently we were talking about going to Mars and what has been in the news; the conversation led to us thinking about what we would pack for an intergalactic trip”, she laughed.

ACH Group’s Volunteer Manager, Tay Parker, thanked the organisation’s volunteers.

“ACH Group is extremely fortunate to have a large group of passionate volunteers, dedicated to supporting good lives for older people,” she said.

“Volunteering benefits both the volunteer, and residents and customers.

“For residents and customers engaging with volunteers expands their social network and connects them to new experiences depending on the skills and background of each volunteer.

“The benefits for volunteers include staying in touch with your community, making connections, enhancing life experiences, making friends and keeping you healthy mentally and physically,” she said.

ACH Group is currently seeking volunteers in a wide range of roles. If you would like to know more about volunteering with ACH Group, please contact Tay Parker, ACH Group’s Volunteer Manager, via email TParker@ach.org.au or visit achgroup.org.au/work-with-us/volunteers/

For further information or comment, please contact Lauren Bobrige, ACH Group Communication Advisor, on 0417 856 361 or lbobrige@ach.org.au