251 Mountain Highway,
The Victorian Government invested $81.58 million to build the new Wantirna residential aged care facility.
This 120-bed development was designed to improve resident privacy, dignity and independence while delivering best-practice care in a home-like environment.
The facility supports a range of resident care needs and contemporary models of care to provide a dementia-friendly environment. The design aimed to optimise physical and mental wellbeing through access to natural light, fresh air and views of the Dandenong Ranges.
The Wantirna residential aged care facility was completed in the second half of 2022. It forms part of the Wantirna Health Precinct, a community-focused neighbourhood that provides integrated health and wellbeing services.
The development represents stage two of the Modernisation of Metropolitan Melbourne Public Sector Residential Aged Care Strategy. This strategy aims to develop larger scale services that better meet community expectations. It will enable contemporary models of aged care that are dementia friendly, support mental health and suited to the needs of people with complex care needs.
The Wantirna residential aged care development aimed to provide the following benefits:
The 120-bed four level residential aged care facility provides residents with high-quality facilities and care. It meets a range of complex needs including limited mobility and dementia.
A home-like environment
Residents have improved privacy and dignity with single rooms and ensuites.
Enhanced community connection
Multipurpose common areas support residents to provide meaningful engagement in activities and maintain family and community connections. The facility also includes a café and sacred space.
The architecture of the new facility sought to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of residents and staff. Natural light-filled spaces and views out were integrated into the design to increase the sense of connection to the natural environment.
Environmentally sustainable design features, including energy efficiency, were a key design consideration with this development.
The building connects to the existing Wantirna Health facility for efficiency, safety and convenience. Wantirna Health continues to provide palliative aged care, geriatric evaluation and management, allied health and support services.
Accommodating future need
The development was designed to facilitate a future expansion to the south west corner of the Wantirna Health precinct if required. Consideration was given to connection points to the reception, lifts and front of house spaces.