Benetas receives council approval for new Gisborne aged care complex

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Not For Profit provider Benetas has been given the green light for a new 92-bed residential aged care development in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.

The New Oaks facility in Gisborne, which has been revised from three floors down to two, will include measures allowing it to expand the number of beds according to future demand.

According to Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM, with the local population set to increase 40% over the next 15 years – including a doubling of the 80-plus population in the next decade – the new home, plus integrated retirement living complex and adjacent Macedon Ranges Health centre, will play a “critical role” in meeting community needs.

“We’ll actively monitor local demand for aged care services over the short and longer term to guide how we deploy our funding promise across the residential aged care, retirement living and MRH health precinct.

“In doing so, we will enable people to age in one place, providing a continuum of care and services in co-located, integrated facilities, and a level of care that our elderly members of the community and their families need and deserve,” she said.

Benetas has also submitted planning and re-zoning applications for a retirement living development with up to 80 units around a central community hub.

Work on the New Oaks aged care home is set to begin next year following development of detailed designs, with opening slated for 2023, at which time residents of the existing Gisborne home will be relocated to New Oaks.

The aged care development is part of Benetas’ $60 million investment in the region, including residential aged care, retirement living, Macedon Ranges Health, and the existing Gisborne Oaks aged care home.