Elanora Uniting Care
Calder Flower Architects were given a brief by Uniting Care Ageing to provide a residential aged care facility that would be a stand out for seniors living accommodation in areas of care, quality of facilities offered and sustainable design. Located on New South Wales south coast in Shellharbour, the site offered an ideal position for a residential aged care facility with retail, hospital and health facilities all within minutes and a sense of community surrounding the area which has been fed into the development.
The outcome of the brief resulted in a 100 bed, high quality, sustainable residential aged care facility. Possible only by a close client/architect relationship and incorporation of many expert consultants.
The facility is divided into 5 community households and comprises of low care, high care and respite care single bedrooms all with their own ensuite as well as lounges, dining rooms, activity spaces and outdoor areas for each community. The building also incorporates a number of ancillary spaces including a hairdresser, café and chapel to enhance the experience for residents, visitors and safe alike. The quality of the design and finishes provide the building with an extremely modern, spacious, lively and friendly atmosphere.
Elanora has set a benchmark for aged care design by incorporating a number of environmentally sustainable initiatives into the building. These features include an automated environmental control system which measures external weather conditions and adjusts windows, louvres and air conditioning accordingly in order to maximise the amount of fresh air flow, solar hot water and electricity and rainwater collection. These initiatives have been proven a huge success in providing residents the opportunity to still connect with the outside conditions as well as drastically reducing the running costs of the building.
The community feel of this development was second to none, with a high degree of staff and resident engagement and a handy, central location adjacent to the Shellharbour town centre. Extensive sustainability initiatives support the residents' aspirations for a normal lifestyle within a medium to high-care facility. Those green initiatives are integral to the success of this residential aged-care facility, with a number of key elements designed to enhance the experience of residents and visitors alike. A wonderful example of comfortable seniors' living.