The birth of a new age – building commences!

The residents, staff and volunteers at Prom Country Aged Care Inc. (PCAC) are gearing up to enter an exciting chapter in the development of their new 60 bed aged care facility in Foster. The traditional ‘turning of the soil’ will take place onsite at 11am on Friday 7 September with long-time residents Kathleen Morris and Ron Ball assisting Senator David Feeney with the first shovel to hit the ground at the new site.

Kathleen Morris, currently residing at Prom View Lodge, celebrated her 100th birthday on the 21st of August with family, friends and staff. Kath said “After reaching 100 the next thing I am looking forward to is moving into my new home.”

A large crowd is expected to attend the event including members of the Corner Inlet Community, local, state and federal government representatives, and PCAC residents, staff and volunteers. Also in attendance will be the many people who have kindly donated to the project, ensuring its success.

Ron Ball, a resident at Banksia Lodge since 2005, said ‘I am really looking forward to enjoying all of the things our new home will have to offer.’

To whet your appetite here is a little about our new building. The building designed by architects ClarkeHopkinsClarke is single storey, comprising three, 20-bed modules. All residents’ rooms will have their own ensuites, internet and telephone ports, and will be equipped to take overhead tracking for lifting should this be required. The plan is that residents will be able to ‘age in place’. That is, they should be able to remain in their own rooms, regardless of changes to their care needs. A “special needs” wing has also been designated to cater for residents with extra high care needs, including advanced dementia.

Each 20-bed module has its own internal courtyard with a special feature, such as an aviary, gazebo or fountain. Special lifestyle features include the flexible recreational areas, incorporating the Cinema/Family Dining Room, Reflection/Library Room, Coffee Lounge and Bar, consulting room and hairdressing room.

Mr Tristan White, Acting President of the PCAC Committee of Management, said: ‘We are delighted to be commencing the building and have every confidence that ADCO Constructions will deliver a quality, state-of-the-art facility of which our whole community can be proud. The Committee of Management would like everyone in our community to come and celebrate with us as we realise the years of hard work and commitment given to begin the building of our new facility.’