Roseneath Aged Care Centre $7m redevelopment project is completed

Roseneath Aged Care Centre residents have been able to enjoy living in more comfortable and modern surroundings, with the facility's redevelopment now complete.

The final stage of the $7 million redevelopment project was completed in May this year, after renovations were undertaken in stages to ensure the facility was still operational for current residents.

Stage one of the renovation process involved the construction of two new accommodation wings.

The wings contain 24 single rooms, each equipped with an ensuite, as well as modern contemporary communal lounges and dining rooms to maintain the home-like atmosphere.

The first stage was completed in December 2019 when the builder Total Construction handed over the keys to the new accommodation wingfollowing the issuance of the Occupation Certificate by Council.

Roseneath's facility services manager Janelle Veale said staff then began transferring some of the residents into the new accommodation to make way for the second stage of redevelopment to commence.

The second stage involved the demolition of several older parts of the home in January this year.

The demolition was required to provide space for the construction of a new Community Centre with a café and outdoor landscaped gardens, new administration and front office areas plus refurbishment to several other areas in the home.

The recent redevelopment of Roseneath centre has been well received by the residents.

"I find it a very friendly home with cheerful, friendly companions," resident Margaret Smith said.

"The nursing care has been completely adequate. I have been very content in my time here."

Fellow resident Janice Sharman said she was hesitant about moving into aged care but got to the stage where she was unable to care for herself.

"To my surprise the care and love that I have received has been wonderful," she said.

"I am well looked after and feel that I have moved into the next stage in my life.

"I cannot praise the management and staff enough. I feel blessed to have this home in our community."

As one of the longest-standing businesses in Glen Innes, Roseneath remains a private company owned by four families, including locals, with the current shareholders in several cases being the children of the owners stretching back to the 1970s.

Chairperson Denise McOnie said she is very proud of what the board and shareholders have achieved for Roseneath over the last few years.

"Our shareholders have committed significant financial resources to the rebuild of Roseneath and have had a long-standing commitment to the community of Glen Innes," she said.

"I am particularly proud of our culture and can boast a stable and committed team of staff, led by the wonderful Janelle Veale, devoted to the best quality care of our residents.

"The best quality care of our residents remains the primary priority of our shareholders and board," she said.

Roseneath has undergone a number of renovations since being a rest home in 1963; the most recent have been a significant undertaking for the facility.

The centre planned to hold an official opening for the newly-renovated facility, however due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 the board, management and staff were unable to do so.