Redevelopment work starts on home

Work is set to start this month on the redevelopment of Suffolk Park nursing home Bayside @ Byron.

When completed, the state-of-the-art nursing home will feature 66 single bedrooms, all with private ensuites.

Bayside’s director of nursing Michelle Dwyer is excited about the development.

“The care has always been first-class, but our buildings have let us down,” she said.

“Now that is all going to be fixed and our residents will be cared for in a beautiful environment.”

Local company Woollam Constructions has been appointed as the builder to undertake the $25 million redevelopment project which is expected to be complete by early 2012.

RSL LifeCare North Coast general manager Matthew Ashby said he was looking forward to seeing the first sod turned.

“The building program represents an exciting new phase for Bayside @ Byron,” Mr Ashby said.

“When complete, the architecturally-designed complex will provide aged-care residents with contemporary, single rooms complete with ensuites.

“Residents will enjoy the addition of more living areas and lounge rooms, private courtyards and extensively landscaped gardens.

“The redevelopment also includes the creation of a secure and modern dementia wing.”

Resident and Byron Bay local Rene Warth, 90, said the new nursing home would be like a hotel.

“My son reckons that when it is done it will be the best in Australia,” she said.

RSL LifeCare is a charitable organisation providing retirement living, nursing homes and community care for 4500 people in NSW.

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