Our ‘household’ model of care gives the 146 residents of this South Melbourne nursing home choice and control, ensuring that their later years will have their deserved measure of dignity, security, confidence and enjoyment.
The superbly designed, thoughtfully detailed state-of-the-art nursing home is blessed with marvellous views of Melbourne and tranquil garden surroundings imaginatively spread over four levels up to the roof terrace.
There are generous bedrooms each with built-in desks and wardrobes and a private ensuite bathroom.
The several ‘households’ each have a separate dining room, lounges, sitting areas, recreation spaces and kitchens, which form the heart of each household. There are many spaces where residents are able to join in the art and craft or iPad classes, the camera club, the current affairs discussion group or the reading group or any of the many other activities taking place. Or perhaps they can just make themselves a cup of tea and sit on a stool for a chat with whoever is working in the kitchen.
Household members are motivated and encouraged to retain as many of their previous lifestyle activities as possible, and to continue to live according to their own timetable, so that a move to Napier Street South Melbourne can simply be regarded as a change of address to a welcoming home-like environment.
In addition to South Melbourne’s shops, parks, churches, markets and transport within a couple of blocks, there are many amenities on site or in the adjacent heritage building in Napier Street. These include the Lionshare café – surely the hippest nursing home cafe in Melbourne! Relax – it’s open to the public.
There’s also a wellness centre, library, hairdresser, theatre and art room, together with the administration offices. Also available is a family room perfectly suited to larger gatherings such as for birthdays or anniversaries.
The opportunity for the older citizens of South Melbourne and its neighbouring areas to remain living close to the heart of their beloved Melbourne, is an opportunity that many will welcome. And with it will be the opportunity to live in a community of fellow senior citizens who can share fond memories of the past and enjoyable experiences in the present.