Are you healing comfortably?

Pauline Bernabe
28 Mar 2011

Via Architettura takes inspiration from hotel design for new aged care facility

Situated amongst the beautifully landscaped gardens in Caulfield, the heart of Jewish Melbourne is a unique residence that showcases the evolution of aged care. This 120-bed facility, which opened in June 2010, is a beautiful home that allows seniors to enjoy an exceptional lifestyle whilst receiving the highest quality care.

The 4,100 sq m, three level, AU$27-million facility takes design cues from luxury hotels rather than traditional aged care homes. A welcoming and spacious foyer greets you upon arrival, with a palette of colours that draws inspiration from the Israeli countryside, a key feature reflected throughout the building and room interiors.

Both indoor and outdoor spaces are created to allow residents time to themselves as well as vital connections to the community. Generous therapy spaces, common and an active living philosophy that encourages independence, combine to support the resident's physical and emotional well-being as they age. A variety of communal spaces are available for residents - a theatrette, library and beauty salon, complimented with kosher kitchens and in-house synagogue.

Managing director of V Arc, Frank Bambino, understands that people want choice and quality of life in today's facilities. He also believes that good architecture greatly aids healthy aging and that environments such as Gary Smorgan House assist independence while challenging preconceived notions of provision for older people, as residents are able to do more for themselves.

"The architecture we believe in, and design, is about giving the mind an opportunity to exercise and make choices. Infrastructure and environment should encourage healthy, independent living, and allow people to choose how much care and support they need."

Bill Appleby, CEO of Jewish Care says Gary Smorgan House is part of Jewish Care's long range strategy and progressive approach to meet the changing needs and wishes of the Jewish community of Victoria.

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