LRC project now complete
In 2008, the Mai-Wel Lodge was included in the State Government’s devolution of all Large Residential Centres (LRC) across NSW. Following this Government decision, funding was provided to devolve residential centres by June 2018, replacing them with contemporary accommodation in the community. The scope of the new accommodation model was to be designed to provide a home like environment, with more privacy, flexibility in daily living and opportunities for increased participation in the local community.
As a result, Mai-Wel was funded $6.9 million to purchase land and build a range of accommodation options across the Maitland area. Prior to undertaking work on the project, Mai-Wel developed a Project Implementation Committee (PIC) Chaired by Mai-Wel Board President Graham Burns with representation from ADHC, Steve Madden (Project Manager from Madden and Associates), Mai-Wel General Manager Lucy Crawford, Mai-Wel CEO Pennie Kearney and parent representative, Paul Hughes.
Commencing in November 2012, the Committee met every month, overseeing all aspects of the project to ensure a successful outcome was reached for residents of the new homes. In mid-2017, the final of the five new homes was completed and Mai-Wel residents moved into Rose Cottage. Rose Cottage, together with Jacaranda House, Lily House, Magnolia House and Wattle House provide delightful, purpose built spaces for residents offering appropriate private space and open plan living areas.
Mai-Wel’s ‘aging in place home’, Lily House is set up to ensure residents can stay in their home for as long as possible. Each home was purpose built and all individually designed to the highest of specifications by Architect, Peter McFadgen. Larger hallways, doors and thicker wall panelling have been included to allow for ease of use of mobility aids and walkers and all bathrooms are fully accessible. Each home features multiple open plan living areas, large outdoor areas and larger bedrooms, allowing residents to feel comfortable in their individual spaces. It has been fantastic to see the engagement of residents’ families who are now regular visitors to this ‘new user friendly’ environment. The layout provides suitable spaces for the residents to host family members.
Mai-Wel Residential Services have also purchased new and more suitable vehicles to meet the changing needs of residents.Lotus House, Iris House and Wisteria Units were not part of the LRC Project, but Mai-Wel Board and Management chose to invest in minor refurbishments of these homes during the period of the LRC Project to ensure all Mai-Wel residents have opportunity to live in safe and comfortable homes that meet their individual needs.
Pictured: Residents of Lily House; Helen Pickles, Sue Kiem, Derek Kenny, Pauline Wormald and Susie Stuart, enjoying their outdoor space.