Perceptions about ageing are changing. Lifestyle, independence and a focus on “ageing well” is an expectation of today’s seniors, and the demands on every organisation that cares for older people, especially when it comes to relocating into residential aged care, are more complex than ever.
Not only do they expect quality accommodation in which they feel instantly at home, but they want to maintain access to the community they know and love. Seniors want to age in place with their partners, and have access to a selection of leisure and lifestyle activities that allow them to continue their hobbies and foster new ones — all wrapped up in a spacious state-of-the-art development where they are proud to live.

SummitCare Baulkham Hills, positioned between Seven Hills Road and Bass Drive, is the latest addition to residential aged care for the Hills, and when the $60 million luxury development opens later this year SummitCare says it will redefine seniors living.
The flagship property for the multi-award-winning aged care provider will bring to life a modern aged care wish list, from spectacular landscaped gardens and peaceful common areas in which to catch up with friends and family, through to an onsite café and wellness rooms that will be open to the local community, a media room, men’s workshop and 186 strikingly designed, flexible living spaces comprising deluxe rooms, couples suites and one bedroom suites.
SummitCare CEO Cynthia Payne said the interiors, designed by international architecture practice CHADA, capture the luxurious feeling of a boutique hotel and incorporate communal indoor and outdoor living, and in doing so redefine residential aged care to create a vibrant community hub.
“Our purpose is to enable wellbeing, all day every day, for people requiring aged care. This cascades down to their family members and visitors. By supporting the people in the Hills community to age well and live in an environment that truly promotes and enhances lifestyle we will have achieved our mission,” she said.
“Over decades we have seen aged care requirements evolve. SummitCare Baulkham Hills is a step forward, taking on board what the Hills community had told us they would love for themselves or a family member as they age. We have created a hub that will benefit the whole community.”
Ms Payne said one key consideration was offering consumers a choice of accommodation, and this development will offer bedrooms with spacious ensuites, terraces and balconies, larger suites that enable couples to stay living together, as well as the option of an apartment in which residents can age in place in a spacious, relaxed setting featuring living areas and kitchens.
The centre also features carefully planned spaces for people with memory loss and dementia, family rooms for overnight stays, fresh meals prepared daily, an area for children’s play, a library and hair and day spa.

A comprehensive daily leisure and lifestyle program has been developed, with something to engage everyone. Residents, their families and visitors can participate in activities ranging from yoga and tai chi to cooking classes, visits to places of interest and managing dedicated garden areas.
“Our care teams, allied health professionals and visiting doctors will be on hand to support the whole community at SummitCare Baulkham Hills. We will also be offering an adult day centre and respite care, in-home care, palliative care and dementia programs,” Ms Payne added.
Located close to public transport at the front of the development and with plenty of parking, visitors will have no trouble staying in touch with their loved ones. For residents and their families, local shops and other facilities are nearby, which means they can continue to have a strong connection with the local Baulkham Hills community.
“There will be over 200 career and employment opportunities created for professionals in the Hills district, from management to the team that runs the kitchen, through to registered nurses who deliver care,” Ms Payne said.
“We aim to offer an engaging community atmosphere at SummitCare Baulkham Hills where everyone is included and everyone feels welcome and valued.” •

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