Warrigal Care, a not-for-profit aged care provider, is set to present plans to Shellharbour Council for a unique $60 Million facility in Shell Cove.
Warrigal Care CEO Mark Sewell, will personally lodge the application with Mayor Kellie Marsh tomorrow afternoon.
The facility is expected to house a minimum of 250 residents and already has 200 people on the waiting list.
The proposed Shell Cove retirement facility will be also include retail stores, including coffee shops and a hairdresser.
The design of the facility follows a Dutch approach to apartment building called the Humanitas Model.
According to the Humanitas Foundation, “residents should be the boss of their own life, with their own front door so they are truly a resident, not just ‘staying’ in a room that belongs to an institution.”
Mr Sewell said that, “The Warrigal Care vision is to offer every type of care for an elderly person in one location.”
The new site is to be located between the Shellharbour Village and the newly opened GP Super Clinic.
The announcement comes during the Seniors Week in the Illawarra.
Wollongong Council is hosting several events this week celebrating the contribution of the elderly to the community.
A council spokesperson said the week “provides the chance to highlight the range of interests and achievements of people over the age of 55.
The week also a chance for some of the region’s senior citizens to bring their favourite book characters to life at the University of Wollongong library (see the slideshow below/bottom).
Words: Samuel Gates
Photos: Joanna Griffiths
Video: Sophie Harris