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ACH Group builds new health and wellbeing hub and more housing options for older South Australians

Leading South Australian not-for-profit aged care services and retirement living provider ACH Group has begun construction of a $5 million advanced health and wellbeing hub at Rostrevor as well as a new $1.6 million retirement living village at Hope Valley.

The developments are part of ACH Group’s strategy to boost the wellbeing of older South Australians through positive health outcomes and independent living.

“Supporting South Australians to stay physically active and connected to their communities is critical to their wellbeing and quality of life,” ACH Group Interim CEO Linda Feldt said.

“We see both developments providing widespread benefits to the community.

“The Health Studio is in line with our strategic vision of creating connected communities by incorporating community, health, residential care, and retirement living all within one hub in the northeastern suburbs of Adelaide.

“The new retirement village at Hope Valley will also help meet increased demand for quality housing options for older South Australians in the local community.”

ACH Group Health Studio Rostrevor

With a focus on positive ageing, the Health Studio Rostrevor will have a similar offering to ACH Group’s other Health Studios at Glenelg, Christie Downs, and the temporary site at Gilles Plains for people over 50.

Services will include Allied Health provided by qualified practitioners, including physiotherapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, podiatry, dietetics, massage, and personal training. For those who prefer to keep active and fit in a group setting, multiple exercise groups and wellness groups will be on offer, such as Life Exercise, Tai Chi, Mobility and Balance classes.

Barbara and Michael Hill, who attend ACH Group’s leased Health Studio at Gilles Plains, said they are “very excited” about the Rostrevor health and wellbeing hub opening.

The Felixstow couple, who have been married for 57 years, started at the studio nine years ago after Michael had “very serious” surgery and experienced post-surgery complications.

“I mainly do balance work on the steps but I love the bikes,” Michael, 83 said.

“We mix with people our own age. We just enjoy the company and it gets us out the house. Once you’ve been once or twice you really get into it.

“Barbara is very competitive and I’m not far behind her.”

Mrs Hill believed the secret to ageing well “is mental and physical”.

“There is a benefit for us to come to the classes and exercise together,” the 79-year-old explained.

“You feel like you are doing something constructive to keep you as well as you an in your ageing years.”

Mrs Hill said she was looking forward to attending the new studio at Rostrevor.  “Because it’s local we could take public transport to the gym if we need to,” she said. “I think it will be exciting to have brand new equipment too…it’s a little bit more special.”

The development will also include office spaces for ACH Group’s Health and Community staff, allowing for a growing workforce.

The new ACH Group Health Studio will be located on the vacant land adjacent to ACH Group’s Milpara Residential Care Home, on the corner of St Bernards Road and Sparks Terrace, Rostrevor. Construction is expected to be completed by October 2024.

Hope Valley Retirement Living

Committed to providing more quality housing options to the local community, ACH Group is building a modern village of four independent living two-bedroom units on Grand Junction Road, Hope Valley. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2025.

“Older people want to remain independent at home as they age but want to stay connected, feel safe and be empowered at the same time,” Ms Feldt said.

“An independent retirement living community provides them with peace of mind, engagement opportunities and the ability to establish new friendships with like-minded people. Due to a strong traditional property market, demand is rapidly growing for more community retirement living options – the new Hope Valley retirement village helps address the need for more housing for older people in the northeast.”

The Hope Valley development will grow ACH Group’s retirement living community to 39 villages across Metropolitan Adelaide and the Fleurieu, providing more than 680 residents with a vibrant and socially connected lifestyle.

About ACH Group

Founded in 1952, ACH Group is a trusted South Australian not-for-profit organisation supporting older people to live good lives.
As one of the state’s leading, full-service, aged care providers, ACH Group supports over 11,000 (over 9,000 customers and 2,000 employees) people in South Australia. ACH Group has a wide variety of accommodation offerings, including more than 586 independent retirement living units and nine residential care homes located across metropolitan Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

ACH Group also provides older South Australians with a wide range of help at home, health, wellbeing, respite, and social experiences.

For more information, contach ACH Group’s Communication Team on 0471 856 361 or [email protected].

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