Future of Ageing Awards 2019

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Mercy Health is proud to announce that our innovative small household living approach to aged care at Mercy Place Ballarat was Highly Commended in the Property and Design category of the inaugural Future of Ageing Awards 2019.

Mercy Health Group Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen says the approach is based on our Catholic belief that people are relational — something enhanced by the design of Mercy Place Ballarat. The home, which opened in 2018, features 14 households of up to eight residents, and a café, grocer, exercise garden, wellness centre and a hairdresser.

“The design of Mercy Place Ballarat is instrumental in the way we care for our residents allowing us to focus on their physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing,” Adj Prof Cornelissen says.

Mercy Place Ballarat General Manager Andrew Howard says the design of the home encourages people to move about freely and features lots of welcoming communal spaces.

“It is a delight to experience how clever design can enrich the lives of our residents and it’s a wonderfully positive environment to work,” says Andrew. “Every day we see and experience the positive impact on our residents in maintaining their independence and increasing their engagement in social activities and events.”

The Future of Ageing Awards recognises collaboration, leadership and innovation across Australia’s aged care industry.

Last reviewed November 29, 2019.

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