Chief Executive Jane Pickering said the project, which commenced in April 2015, took approximately 18 months to complete and cost $24.5 million.
“Allambi has now doubled in size following the addition of more than 100 new single rooms making it Eldercare’s largest residential aged care home,” said Ms Pickering. “We now have a superb facility which features more cosy living areas and landscaped internal garden areas and retains Allambi’s modern, homely feel.”
Eldercare Board Chair Rev. Dr. Ian Price said the “vision for the new Allambi has been realised and we have a magnificent, modern facility that will enable us to deliver even greater peace of mind with our care to residents and family members.”
Principal of Senexus, David Coluccio, was one of the special guests in attendance at the launch and received a guided tour of the redeveloped Allambi. He was highly impressed by what he saw, commenting that, “the spacious and stylish spaces created in the Allambi redevelopment combined with the reputation for compassionate care and vibrant lifestyle programs will make Allambi one of the most sought after aged care homes in Adelaide.”
The official opening of the Allambi redevelopment coincided with the launch of the new hospital avoidance initiative called ‘The Dandelion Project’ which Eldercare is undertaking in collaboration with the federally funded Adelaide Primary Health Network (Adelaide PHN).
“The aim of the project is to avoid having to transfer residents who are in need of medical treatment or palliative care to hospital,” said Ms Pickering. “We will be increasing the level of clinical services and end of life support we provide so residents don’t have to go to hospital and can remain as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible, within our care at Eldercare.”
“We hope to redefine the way aged care is delivered and show that by offering a greater level of clinical and palliative support at our residential facilities, we can provide better quality care to our most vulnerable residents when they need it the most.”