ACH Group announces initiative to boost wellbeing of older South Australians

ACH Group have announced their plans to build a new health and wellbeing hub, as well as more housing options for older South Australians in Adelaide's North-East.

In a major stride towards enhancing the health and independence of older South Australians, ACH Group, a leading not-for-profit aged care services and retirement living provider, has announced two groundbreaking projects. The organisation is investing $5 million in the construction of an advanced Health and Wellbeing Hub at Rostrevor and an additional $1.6 million in a retirement living village at Hope Valley.

ACH Group’s strategic vision is clear – to uplift the wellbeing of seniors through positive health outcomes and the promotion of independent living. Interim CEO Linda Feldt emphasised the crucial role of physical activity and community connection in the lives of older individuals, underscoring the significance of the two developments.

Imelda Lynch and Linda Feldt at the Rostrevor site

“The Health Studio is in line with our strategic vision of creating connected communities by incorporating community, health, residential care, and retirement living all within one hub in the northeastern suburbs of Adelaide,” stated Linda Feldt. She further highlighted the multifaceted benefits these developments will bring to the community, emphasising the importance of fostering physical activity and community ties.

The Health Studio Rostrevor, an exemplar of positive aging, is poised to mirror the successful offerings of ACH Group’s other Health Studios at Glenelg, Christie Downs, and the temporary site at Gilles Plains. Boasting services such as physiotherapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, podiatry, dietetics, massage, and personal training, the studio will cater to a range of health needs. Additionally, various exercise and wellness groups will be available for those who prefer group settings, offering activities like Life Exercise, Tai Chi, Mobility, and Balance classes.

Moreover, the development will house office spaces for ACH Group’s Health and Community staff, accommodating a growing workforce. Construction is anticipated to be completed by October 2024, transforming the vacant land adjacent to ACH Group’s Milpara Residential Care Home into a thriving hub for health and community services.

A render image of the Rostrevor health and wellbeing hub

Simultaneously, ACH Group is responding to the increasing demand for quality housing options for older South Australians with the construction of the Hope Valley Retirement Living village. Comprising four independent living two-bedroom units on Grand Junction Road, Hope Valley, the $1.6 million project is expected to be completed in early 2025.

Linda Feldt expressed the essence of independent retirement living, stating, “An independent retirement living community provides them with peace of mind, engagement opportunities and the ability to establish new friendships with like-minded people.” With a keen eye on the growing demand for community retirement living options, the Hope Valley retirement village aims to fulfill the housing needs of older individuals in the northeast.

The developments will expand ACH Group’s retirement living community to 39 villages across Metropolitan Adelaide and the Fleurieu, offering a vibrant and socially connected lifestyle to over 680 residents. This ambitious initiative signifies ACH Group’s commitment to shaping a future where aging is synonymous with vitality, community, and empowerment.

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