Reservoir Redevelopment Commences

August 1, 2019

Mayflower has started work on a two-stage redevelopment of our Reservoir aged care residence. The upgrade will create a state-of-the-art, dementia-friendly aged care facility for 110 residents.

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We were pleased to officially mark the turning of the first sod at Mayflower Reservoir in early August. Reflecting the importance of the occasion, the sod turning was launched by The Hon. Robin Scott MP, Victorian Assistant Treasurer and State Member for Preston, and Cr Susan Rennie, Mayor of Darebin City Council.

Mayflower Board Members, staff, stakeholders and official dignitaries braved the chilly winter morning to celebrate the commencement of works which, when complete, will deliver a new standard in aged care living for the area.

Mayflower CEO Rosa Ginevra said the redevelopment of the 40-year-old facility into a contemporary, dementia-friendly setting will be able to care for nearly three times as many people.

“While the care Mayflower provides is excellent, the current facilities are ageing. This investment enables us to provide state-of-the-art aged care facilities to more people in the Reservoir area, where there is high demand but a shortage of available places,” Ms Ginevra said.

The redevelopment will deliver:

  • A two-storey, architect-designed building with private rooms and ensuites for 110 residents
  • A built environment with specific consideration for residents with dementia and other cognitive impairment
  • An environment that welcomes and caters for residents and families from culturally diverse backgrounds through lifestyle programs, menu choices and multicultural staff
  • An increase in the aged care qualified and skilled workforce, recruited from within the local community.

Each group of 22 residents will have their own private spaces including a separate dining room and dedicated living area. There will also be large shared areas where all residents can gather together for activities and smaller areas which will accommodate individual programs.

The new buildings will be designed to look and feel like home through the selection of soft furnishings, floor coverings, window dressings and artwork. Residents can personalise their room, and couples and relatives can be accommodated close together.

When complete, residents will enjoy:

  • Larger bedrooms, each with a private ensuite
  • Ample recreational space, including upper storey terraces overlooking the garden
  • Four courtyards and landscaped perimeter gardens
  • A dedicated hairdressing salon, library and chapel
  • A cinema room with comfortable chairs and a large screen
  • A gymnasium to promote wellness and reablement
  • Dementia-friendly design to provide safe care for residents with cognitive impairment
  • More programs for residents from diverse cultures who speak languages other than English
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