Today, Friday 12 October, Resthaven celebrated the official opening of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park at 100 Hub Drive, its 12th residential aged care home.
Kaurna Elder, Katrina Power, and her niece, Jo Agius gave a heartfelt ‘Welcome to Country’.
The official opening and dedication by Rev Sue Ellis, Moderator of the Uniting Church in South Australia, culminated in the unveiling of a plaque to mark the occasion and a special prayer for Resthaven Aberfoyle Park.
Sue dedicated the site, saying ‘Congratulations to Resthaven Aberfoyle Park, may you grow in this community, developing new friendships at the Hub.’
‘May lives be nurtured into abundance through your care and ministry, and may this place flourish in abundant life for older people.’
Joining the official ceremony were Mario Dreosti, Director Brown Falconer Group, who spoke about the design features and garden outlook; David Norton, Executive Manager Finance and Corporate Services described the journey from purchasing the land to fruition; Mark Porter, Resthaven Board President, gave the Board’s perspective; Richard Hearn, Resthaven Chief Executive Officer reflected on Resthaven’s commitment to its values of trust, dignity and choice; and the site manager, Mia Brooks, described how much she valued the teamwork in creating a wonderful home environment.
Emmet O’Donovan, Manager Building and Capital Works, was equally pleased to see this major project completed.
The $30 million home, designed by Brown Falconer Architects, will accommodate 100 older people at capacity. Features include small ‘clusters’ of rooms, with their own dining and lounge rooms, to encouraged a sense of community. Other site features include a hairdressing salon, shop, meeting rooms, internet café, and secure landscaped areas with sensory gardens.
Several artists, current residents and their family and friends also attended, and enjoyed a sumptuous morning tea prepared on site by the Chef, Brendan.
Established in 1935, Resthaven Incorporated is a not for profit, South Australian aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church. Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of around 10,000 older people and their carers, working together to provide outstanding care and support.