Mercy Place Montrose, 33km east of the Melbourne CBD, will be Mercy Health’s second aged care home to be transformed into small community households for up to eight residents living together.
The first stage of the redevelopment by Hutchinson Builders will cater for 90 residents in 12 small households with each resident having their own room and ensuite.
Inspired by international best practice models for people living with dementia, the houses will also have a fully functioning kitchen and laundry, lounge room, dining area and outdoor garden space and dedicated staff on hand to provide support.
Mercy Health Group Chief Executive Officer Stephen Cornelissen said the new site will provide residents with more space per person than any of their other aged care homes.
“Residents will also be able to get up and go to bed when they like, and with support get involved in household activities such as cooking, laundry and gardening just like they would at home if they wish,” he said.