BUILDING BEGINS: Resident Scott Dillon joins Shawn Berquist to check the start of renovations.
BUILDING BEGINS: Resident Scott Dillon joins Shawn Berquist to check the start of renovations. Rachel Vercoe

Retirement revolution at Legacy Nursing Home

A REVOLUTIONARY design for retirement living is under construction on the North Coast.

Coffs Harbour Nursing Home is not just having a name change but a rebuild that is quite unique.

Chief executive officer and Director of Nursing, Shawn Berquist, said an entire house is being built within the current walls of the complex allowing residents even more opportunities to continue their customary lifestyles.

"The new name will be Legacy On Victoria but the most exciting concept is delivering six new themed rooms to keep residents in touch with their varied life experiences,” he said.

"The 'house' will have a lounge room, kitchen, laundry and courtyard - all the things residents already expect - but the bedrooms will keep them in touch with the way they lived before coming to join us.

"It's a lifestyle theme and more like a club atmosphere.”

While the delivery of aged services will remain, Shawn said residents still keen to take care of their own needs will have the opportunity.

"Not only can they cook or do their own washing, there is more space to entertain family or friends when they visit.

"Just because they have reached retirement age doesn't mean they are beyond the activities or interest they have followed all their lives.

"So we looked at their life stories and came up with the designs for living that most serve those needs.”

Construction is now underway with earthworks on the Victoria Street frontage part of the first stage.

It's expected work will be completed in about 18 months.



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