Investing in the Future – $4 million facelift for Ulverstone’s Eliza Purton Home
19 February 18
Respect Aged Care is delighted to announce a major redevelopment for the Eliza Purton Home in Ulverstone, with a $4 million project scheduled to get underway in February 2018.
The project – designed by Tasmanian firm Philp Lighton Architects – will be of state-of-the-art design seeing the lounge and dining rooms transformed, the interior redesigned throughout and private ensuites for all rooms.
The redevelopment has been designed in consultation with the residents of Eliza Purton and their input and feedback has been gathered at every stage of the process. A local interior design company has also been appointed to provide a level of luxury and indulgence to the shared spaces throughout the upgraded facilities.
Eliza Purton is one of the largest employers on the northwest coast of Tasmania and it is envisaged that the project will not only provide a jobs boost to the construction sector but also to the aged care industry in the area.
Respect Aged Care continues its significant investment in the local North West community, as the announcement comes shortly after the grand opening of the group’s $9 million redevelopment at Penguin’s Coroneagh Park. Respect’s Wellington Views facility in the state’s south is also scheduled to undergo major works in 2018 in what is a shaping up as a busy year for the expanding aged care provider.
According to Treasury’s 2015 Intergenerational Report, the number of Australians aged 65 years and over is forecast to more than double over the next 40 years, increasing from around 3.6 million in 2014-15 to 8.9 million in 2054-55. Consistent with this trend, the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) estimates that 76,000 new residential aged care places will be required by 2023-24 in order to meet demand.
The Baby Boomer generation are the emerging market for aged care providers and the expectations about what is on offer from aged care facilities is anticipated to change significantly as the quality of offerings are much more heavily scrutinised by a more discerning audience. The redevelopment of Eliza Purton has been designed with this in mind, with many areas being arranged and decorated by an interior design team, while still retaining a ‘homely feel’.
"“We are all very excited to be part of the renovation. Our residents and staff have been making lots of suggestions and can’t wait for the works to commence. While maintaining the original ‘feel’ of Boronia we are really looking forward to a contemporary and modern update to the wing” Eliza Purton Home general manager Brownyn Menzies said. "
Eliza Purton Home was founded in 1964 when William Purton donated the land in West Ulverstone, and the facility was named after his mother Eliza. For the last 50 years, the home has provided a sanctuary for the Ulverstone community with a focus on the care needs of the ageing population.