On Thursday 20 February Presbyterian Aged Care (PAC) celebrated the official opening of PAC Thornleigh, a $25 million redevelopment of PAC’s existing residential aged care home in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs.
The redevelopment took place in three stages. The scale of the expansion required PAC to use two adjacent plots of land with PAC Thornleigh increasing from a 54-bed to a 67-bed facility on completion. The project was designed by Sue Kenny Architects and built by Tower Projects with interiors by noted interior designers, Gilmore Interior Design.
Julian Leeser, Federal MP for Berowra, gave a speech at the opening ceremony on behalf of the Honourable Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and unveiled the official plaque. Reverend Richard Keith, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in NSW, blessed the new facility. The Deputy Mayor of Hornsby Shire Council, Michael Hutchence was also present at the ceremony. Afterwards invited guests were given a tour of the redeveloped aged care home.
“We’re delighted that PAC Thornleigh has now been officially declared open,” said Paul Sadler, PAC CEO. “PAC Thornleigh has been designed to feel as warm and welcoming as your own private residence while offering the high quality, personalised care that Presbyterian Aged Care has been giving older Australians for over 75 years. State-of-the-art technology has been utilised to increase the level of communication between residents and care staff to ensure every need is met. We’re very proud of the service.”
A number of new common areas have been added, including a conservatory, solarium, entertainment lounges and communal balconies offering superb district views. Every resident bedroom now has a spacious ensuite, with some offering views. A dementia-specific wing was also added to cater for the increasing number of Australians living with dementia.
In-house chefs prepare resident meals and lifestyle staff organise activities to keep residents occupied, from art classes to Jazzercise, cooking classes to floral appreciation workshops and regular movie nights and concerts.
PAC Thornleigh also features a dedicated Chinese cultural lounge as approximately 40% of residents speak the Chinese language. There is an on-site beauty therapist and hairdresser. Landscaped outdoor gardens and courtyards are also available for residents’ enjoyment.
PAC Thornleigh is ideally located close to shopping and just minutes away from both Hornsby and Sydney Adventist Hospitals. All levels of care are offered.
Julian Leeser, Federal MP for Berowra and Reverend Richard Keith, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in NSW, unveiling the plaque.
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