Uniting Annual Report 2019-2020

More than just a home.

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Uniting’s Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) provides our communities’ most vulnerable seniors with so much more than just bricks and mortar. Working in partnership with NSW Government, the program combines a safe and affordable place to live with personalised support to move forward.”

Our Home and Community Care team meets with our SAHF clients when they move in, to assess their needs and assist them in developing a support plan with strategies designed to help them meet their goals. 

 

Jack and Iris moved into their SAHF home nearly 11 months ago. As Jack is sight-impaired and Iris is his primary care giver, the couple have experienced financial hardship. Through the SAHF program they’ve been linked with support services within the community and have been able to thrive once again. 

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We are no longer living in isolation worrying about things. The village we live in is caring, people look out for one another. If we need help, our new community is here for us.” 

Jack and Iris have made friendships based on common interests and they’re enjoying being social again. They’ve both indicated that their mental, physical, and emotional health and wellbeing have significantly improved since joining the SAHF program. 

Service evolution inspires design solution.

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In FY20, Uniting Gerringong won the ‘Aged Care Service’ category in the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Excellence Awards, recognising the home’s design and model of care.”

Uniting Gerringong exemplifies our service evolution from traditional aged care to a person-centred Household Model of care. We know from experience that this innovative way of living has positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of our residents.

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We wanted to build a place where our residents have a sense of home and family, and carers can feel like an extension of that.”

– Adrian Ciano, Head of Property Development

The residential aged care building has 5 separate households, each with 20 single bedrooms and ensuites. Residents live as part of their own vibrant and active household, and choose their own daily routines and rhythms. 

 

With our longstanding legacy of quality care in Gerringong, it was also very important for our design to connect with the local community. The café, outdoor spaces, state-of-the-art seniors’ gym and rooms for families of palliative patients are all testament to that. The result is a light and airy building that’s an innovative extension of the South Coast community we serve.

 

The UDIA awards aim to highlight innovation, sustainability, industry leadership and excellence in urban development across NSW and the ACT. According to the judges’ citation:

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This facility is an excellent template for the future of aged care.”