Mercy Place Mount St Joseph's residential aged care home residents and staff celebrated on Thursday, as it opened its new redevelopment adopting a household living approach.
The Most Reverend Christopher Prowse, Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, officially opened and blessed the home.
The household living approach has been successfully adopted across a number of Mercy Health residential aged care homes. The home features four households, each of which feature 15-17 single ensuite bedrooms, a kitchen, living and dining area.
The household living approach supports residents to live as independently as possible, while addressing the major challenges of inactivity, loneliness and depression.
Within Mercy Place Mount St Joseph's, there are also a number of communal spaces where residents can gather, including the light-filled Laurie's Lounge - a space named after Laurie Hewson, who worked at the home for more than 30 years.
There is also a beautiful reflection room and the Mother Dot's Diner, a café that is named in honour of local Mother Superior and former Mercy Place Mount St Joseph's resident Mother Dorothy.
"Our residents are loving their new home," Mercy Place Mount St Joseph's Service Manager Shelley Gledhill says.
"It really does combine that at-home feeling but with the support, care and ready-made community that comes with residential aged care living."
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