Presbyterian Aged Care (PAC) has warmly welcomed the approval of a new centre for seniors in Ashfield.
The project will involve renovation of the heritage listed Pittwood House at 17-33 Charlotte St Ashfield as a centre for PAC’s Inner West community care services, with a secure area for dementia day care as well as space for the current day therapy and respite programs. It will also see construction of 23 independent living units built in a new building to the north of Pittwood House and 2 villas to its south.
The development application for redevelopment of the Pittwood House site in Ashfield was approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) covering Ashfield Council on 1 December 2010.
PAC NSW and ACT Chief Executive Officer, Paul Sadler, said the approval was another important step in PAC’s plan to provide improved services to older people around the State and in Sydney’s Inner West.
“We completed earlier in the year an upgrade of the David Gillies Wing at PAC Ashfield, just across the street from this site,” he said. “And last year we opened a new aged care home at Drummoyne – PAC Minnamurra.”
A ministry of the Presbyterian Church, PAC exists to provide care and accommodation for older people, with a commitment to excellence inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus. It operates 10 aged care homes, 10 community care services and 12 retirement villages in NSW and the ACT, providing care and accommodation to 1200 people.
The Presbyterian Church has been providing aged care services from Pittwood House for many decades. Work is likely to commence on the new project in 2011.
Mr Sadler said, “The new focus on community care services is very appropriate. We find most older people want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. We already run a wide range of services for people in their own homes across the Inner West and the new centre will allow us to expand these further.”
He added, “PAC is also delighted to be able to build 25 units and villas purpose-designed for older people. We believe these will be very popular as they are located so close to Ashfield town centre and station, as well as our residential aged care service.”
For enquiries regarding PAC services phone (02) 9690 9341 or visit www.presac.org.au .