The SA Not For Profit has lodged an application with the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) for three campus-style developments in the inner suburbs of Norwood, Glen Osmond and Joslin that will include over 360 independent living units (ILUs) and aged care beds.
The $116M Glen Osmond site will feature a building up to nine storeys with almost 200 beds, while the $89M Norwood site (pictured) will include five levels of ILUs. Up to $44M will also be spent on a second stage at Life Care’s Joslin site according to Adelaide Now.
Each campus will also feature serviced apartments, community spaces and consulting rooms for visiting specialists, doctors and allied health professionals.
The applications follow the State Government’s introduction of its Master Plan development scheme that deems village and aged care projects valued at over $20M to be of economic significance to SA.
Despite the increase in beds, Life Care CEO Allen Candy says the new developments will only meet 9% of forecast demand for independent care and 10% of aged care beds over the next decade in Adelaide.
He adds that much of the aged care accommodation in Adelaide was built in the 1970s and has not been ungraded.
“For example, we want to give a husband and wife options, so one can move from assisted living in their own home to full nursing care just across the courtyard if needed; not across the other side of the city,” he said.
If approved, Life Care will have over $500M and up to 700 new beds in their development pipeline, including developments at Reynella, Golden Grove and Everard Park.