The new Shalom Aged Care Facility replaced the old Rangehaven Nursing Home, which was converted from a motel into a convalescent home in 1970. It no longer served the needs of its residents, hence the design and construction of this new centre.
Shalom is a high-end, low care aged facility, better able to provide its residents with a wider range of lifestyle options than the old nursing home. It features 100 beds with 40 low care and 60 high care rooms, as well as a dementia unit.
The development steers away from a clinical atmosphere in favour of more homely environment. Support functions include a hairdresser, coffee shop and computer library. The chapel is wired to allow residents to enjoy services from the comfort of their own rooms.
Cost: $ 10.5 million
Location: Toowoomba, QLD
Project Team: Lester Ehrlich, Deneth Peiris, Gemma Watson, James Ting, Helen Wang, Jau Woi Sia, Amanda Brown.
Photography by Peter Denyer Photography
This large commercial complex is a window into the rapidly growing community design segment dealing with Australia’s aging population. The project shows the importance of providing access to good open space amenity for residents and family support visitors.
The design challenges for the diverse community of residents are assisted by the centralised support facilities to service the large footprint single level design approach.
The importance of a developed landscape amenity is evident from the initial stages which will engage more easily with the site once more growth occurs.