Northern Beaches MP, Jason Falinski has today turned the first sod on the new Opal Seaside retirement village in Warriewood. Opal Seaside is the 6th Opal care home in the Sydney North region.
“It is great to be here today to turn the first sod on this development.” Mr Falinski said.
“When I first started working in aged care some 20 years ago, I remember walking into a retirement home and the first thing I noticed was the strong smell of ammonia and how unhomely these places used to be.”
“Today, retirement homes resemble a 6 star resort more than they do a hospital and we have come a long way.”
Upon completion Opal Seaside will be a 148 bed aged care home with a total investment of $48 million. The home will include a dedicated memory support unit providing dementia care as well as exercise areas and a reablement clinic.
“It’s fantastic to see such excellent investments into aged care facilities.”
“Our seniors deserve to enjoy their retirement and as Northern Beaches residents move into their next stage of life, it is nice to know they can be well looked after here on the beaches and not have to move to the North Shore or other parts of Sydney.”
The Opal Seaside facility would also include a coffee shop and an al fresco dining area, an entertainment lounge, hairdressing and beauty salon as well as gardens and general courtyard areas.
The facility would follow the 24 hour 7 day a week nurse led care model.
Mr Falinski attended the event along with Mayor Michael Regan of Northern Beaches Council.
They were joined by Opal executives, Rachel Argamen Opal aged care CEO, Harley Wright Chief Commerical Officer, Marie Barter NSW North General Manager and Greg Zieschang National Development Manager.