Birches refurbishment set to kick off in June

CLiaison's picture April 9, 2018


Local builder Craig Collins, WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald and DON (Penshurst) / DON - Aged Care Services (Hamilton), Katherine Armstrong with Birches residents Katie Rees, Thelma Bald and Win Freestone.

Residents of the Birches will soon be enjoying the benefits of a facility make-over, with work set to commence in June on an exciting $1.2 million dollar refurbishment of the aged care centre and grounds.

Local contactor, Craig Collins Building was announced this week as the successful tenderer for the project, to extend the Birches main dining room, convert current living and leisure areas into a resident café and create hairdressing and therapy rooms.

The project will be funded as part of the WDHS Capital Works Program and thanks to a $420,000 State Government ‘Significant Refurbishment Grant’.

WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says he’s excited the project will soon be kicking off, after several years of planning to ensure the facility incorporates the latest, best practice design.

“This refurbishment includes some unique design features and is based on international best practice ideas and facilities, including the De Hogewyk dementia village in the Netherlands.

The Birches main entrance area will feature a rural streetscape façade, so that residents feel more like they are living in an everyday community environment.

The expansion of the main dining area and new café will create more opportunities for socialising. The redevelopment will also greatly improve access for dementia sufferers and support more family and community interaction and activities.

WDHS is committing over $800,000 to this project, to improve the quality of life of residents and create a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment for clients and their families,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

Plans are also afoot to create more areas in the Birches grounds for residents to enjoy, including a sensory garden with new seating, shade structures and raised beds.