Construction on the Uniting Edinglassie $36M redevelopment in Emu Plains is officially underway.
Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh, Penrith MP Stuart Ayres and Penrith Councillor Tricia Hitchen met with existing residents, staff and members of the Uniting Church congregation, together with Next and the project team late last year for the official launch ceremony.
The Uniting Edinglassie development, situated in Emu Plains, will expand the current facility to provide high quality, affordable accommodation for the growing aging population in Sydney. The transformation will provide a new 100 bed aged care facility and amenities that will enhance residents lives including a new community/fellowship space, chapel, small café and administrative area.
Establishing a strong and positive relationship with the Uniting Edinglassie community throughout the project lifecycle is important to Next as we wish to create a positive outcome for the residents of the facility together with the community. Prior to the ceremony, members of the Uniting Edinglassie community were asked to write a symbolic word on a small stone to represent their hopes for their future home.
Last year, at the closure of the former nursing home service, stones were handed to staff, residents and their family. Each were asked to write their hopes and dreams for the future of Edinglassie on the stone. During the ceremony the stones were presented to Next Senior Project Manager, Andrew Gleeson to be placed in the foundation of the building to symbolically instil the community’s hopes and aspirations into new building.
Uniting Executive Director, Tracey Burton, said the facility’s design will allow residents to live their lives the way they want to. “The new home will deliver what we call our household model of care, this approach places much more emphasis on the individual, caring for our resident as every individual person and creating a more home-like environment for them to live in,” she said.
"We look forward to fulfilling resident’s vision for their future home and providing a vibrant and quality end product for the community. Works are progressing well on the project with the crane now erected and piling works completed. We are currently preparing the slab on ground, with the building structure commencing it will be exciting to see the project start to take shape”, said Next CEO Joseph Di Girolamo.