Uniting Edinglassie Emu Plains by Uniting & MDP

Uniting and MDP have proudly collaborated to redevelop Uniting Edinglassie; a 100 bed residential aged care home that promotes person-centred care at the forefront of its services.

At its core, Uniting values the wellbeing of the local community and recognises a need for quality residential aged care, where people age in place with dignity, choice and respect. Through an innovative approach called Household Living, Uniting focuses on the personcentred principles of safety and comfort, normality, meaning and purpose, so that all residents can live well. By creating smaller
households of residents and care teams, and combining private bedrooms with shared spaces, a close-knit community is forged.

Uniting’s Household Living approach was independently evaluated by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) over 2 years. The research found the model increases residents’ sense of choice and control in a home-like environment. It also allows care teams to focus on the individual needs of residents, positively responding to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Uniting Edinglassie provides accommodation for 100 residents comprising of private single ensuite rooms at a cost of $549k per room. Completed on 3 September 2021, the home opened during the COVID-19 pandemic, when uncertainty of moving into aged care homes was heightened. Uniting Edinglassie sales enquiries were high and created an uplift in enquiries across 3 Uniting homes within the local area.

The home features a café, hair salon, chapel, community spaces, leafy gardens and an outdoor chess set, while boasting an outlook of the surrounding area. Co-located with independent living, couples and friends can enjoy sustained connections as care needs progress.

The building is contemporary and has been purposefully designed to bolster the wellbeing of residents. Through striking angles and large balconies, residents can watch the vibrant community around them.


Judges Comments

In a field of very high quality Aged Care Developments, the judges considered this one to be most worthy of an award for excellence. In all entries, care of the residents was clear to be paramount in each facility. The thought put into the common areas and “K” shaped layout of each floor in the Uniting Edinglassie building, made this facility both functional and homely for its residents.

Uniting Edinglassie was able to overcome flooding and existing tree retention issues, to turn them into an asset for the site. Whist the tall perimeter trees were retained, they were used to argue for an additional storey, to better blend in with the landscape, surrounding shopping centre, and adjoining land uses. The additional upper floor not only made the facility more functional, the scale and bulk did not look out of place in its setting. The floor plate design broke up the external façade by taking advantage of the “K” shaped design on each floor, the use of different materials on the exterior add character.