Bentley $30m nursing home approved

Artist impression.
Artist impression.

A $30 MILLION nursing home intended to serve the needs of Perth’s ageing population has been approved in Bentley.

Swancare’s proposed 147-bed facility on Allen Court was given the green light by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) on January 11.

The Town of Victoria Park recommended approval and despite having two of its conditions deleted and another two amended, the application was approved without much debate.

The nursing home will have four storeys plus a basement and 124 rooms. Swancare already has two nursing homes on the same street – the Kingia Care Facility and the Tandara Aged Care Facility.

Chief executive Graham Francis said Swancare expected to start construction on the building in April or May and for it to be finished in the back end of 2019.

“The building on the site was previously a nursing home that was decommissioned in 2007 and we always had plans to expand,” he said.

“Most nursing homes have an occupancy of about 92 or 93 per cent but we have an occupancy of about 99 per cent, so we want to meet the needs of the ageing population.

“To have all of the facilities located near each other is beneficial to us as we can service our residents better.

Mr Francis said the building would look more like a hotel than a nursing home from the outside as it would include a “grand entrance.”

“The building will utilise a different style of service and we will treat the environment as if people were living in their own home, which will link to a neighbourhood and a town centre,” he said.

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