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Life Care wins two UDIA Awards for Gaynes Park campus

Published: 01 Nov 2021

Life Care’s drive to deliver best practice residential care and seniors living options through its flagship Gaynes Park campus has been recognised with two major awards from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA) (UDIA).

Life Care won the Aged Care & Community Housing Award and Seniors Living Award for our Gaynes Park Manor and Suites campus in the inner-city Adelaide suburb of Joslin.

The awards recognise excellence and innovation in creating places and projects that shape South Australia, with Gaynes Park recognised for providing an innovative and elegant solution to the accommodation needs of older South Australians.

“Winning both awards is confirmation that our vision for a co-located residential care and assisted living community is exactly what older South Australians need,” said Allen Candy, Life Care CEO.

“We wanted to provide a destination where those needing a little support to live independently could live, safe in the knowledge that should their needs become more complex, they wouldn’t have to move, other than across the walkway,” said Allen.

“Gaynes Park is also meeting a deep need for couples where one partner needs higher levels of support, while the other is still quite independent. Being able to live next door to a loved one in residential care and in such a beautiful and dignifying environment has proved to be a very special thing for a number of couples already,” said Allen.

The UDIA awards judges said the Gaynes Park complex marked a significant step forward in the retirement and aged care industry.

“The hospitality model of care and services with its back of house design gives a 5 star hotel or luxury cruise ship type feeling as opposed to the facility having an institutional character,” they said.

Gaynes Park Suites brought the internationally successful ‘assisted living’ model to South Australia for the first time. This model bridges the gap between retirement living and full-time aged care in a first-of-its-kind concept for South Australia. It allows those in their 70s and 80s to enjoy bespoke, luxury apartment-style living with in-house support, a dedicated concierge and a wellbeing program designed to help them make the most of life.

Residents also enjoy daily meals overseen by widely acclaimed executive chef Bethany Finn in their five-star restaurant, The Four Seasons Kitchen & Dining.

Allen Candy commented that seeing the Gaynes Park campus completed was one of his proudest achievements as Life Care CEO.

“Gaynes Park is a campus that we can be proud to have our parents and grandparents move into today and it will remain relevant for many years to come,” he said.