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Thursday, June 20, 2024

New Cheltenham aged care centre reaches full height

Construction on Cheltenham’s new $139.6 million Kingston Centre public residential aged care facility has reached its full height.

Victorian Minister for Ageing, Ingrid Stitt today announced the multi-storey facility has officially ‘topped out’, marking a key milestone in the delivery of the new 150-bed facility that will cater to residents with a range of complex care needs.

“The Allan Labor Government continues to support our public aged care services like the Kingston Centre to expand capacity and deliver the world-class care and support older Victorians deserve,” said Minister Stitt.

The new facility will be dementia-friendly and better suited to supporting mental health and the care needs of older Victorians, she said.

It will help support mobility and independence, with modern single rooms with private ensuite bathrooms, while also providing a modern and efficient working environment for staff. 

To further create a safe, comfortable and home-like feel for residents, rooms will also be grouped into small households within the facility with separate kitchen and dining areas. The facility will also feature a community room, sacred space and other common areas for residents and their family and friends to enjoy.

Replacing the former AG Eastwood residential aged care facility, the new facility’s location onsite at the Monash Health Kingston Centre means residents will have easy access to a range of integrated healthcare already on offer, including dementia and memory services, clinics for falls and balance, and age-appropriate mental health services.

“With works having reached their highest point, the brand-new Kingston Centre public residential aged care facility is now just around the corner,” said Minister for Health Infrastructure, Mary-Anne Thomas.

Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority, the project is on track to be completed in 2025.

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