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BaptistCare's Gracewood Community: A Finalist Redefining Excellence in Retirement Living

on the Tuesday, August 8, 2023

In an impressive stride towards redefining the landscape of aged care and retirement living, BaptistCare NSW & ACT, a prominent leader in the sector, has been named a finalist in the highly prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW Awards for Excellence. This recognition comes in the Retirement Living category, where BaptistCare's exceptional Gracewood Community's third and final stage has taken centre stage.

The nomination in the Retirement Living category is a testament to BaptistCare's commitment to creating communities that offer unparalleled living experiences for seniors, celebrating their wisdom, vibrancy, and the diverse needs they encompass.

Nestled in the charming Hills District of Sydney, the Gracewood Community stands as a beacon of innovation and inclusivity. With an unwavering focus on providing holistic support throughout the ageing journey, the community offers a comprehensive range of care options. From home care to residential aged care and respite care, residents have the peace of mind that they can age in place, with evolving needs catered to by compassionate professionals.

A picturesque setting, a nurturing environment, and world-class amenities define the Gracewood Community. Every corner is designed to enhance residents' lives, from a cozy café to a soothing heated pool, a well-equipped gym to a haven of literature in the library. The community even boasts a vegetable garden, a workshop for creative pursuits, a putting green, a bocce court, and multiple BBQ areas. The crowning jewel is the Community Centre, a hub of connection and camaraderie, complete with alfresco dining.

The captivating gardens and natural woodland areas are beloved features across all three areas of the Gracewood Community. Notably, the award-winning community vegetable garden, an intricate creation by the renowned celebrity gardener Jason Hodges, buzzes with activity as residents cultivate herbs and vegetables, forging bonds, and nurturing nature simultaneously.

However, the Gracewood Community goes beyond its exceptional physical features. It is a holistic haven where residents' physical, emotional, and social needs are meticulously addressed. Fitness classes, art and craft sessions, melodious music performances, enthralling movie screenings, and vibrant community events fill the calendar, fostering a rich and engaging lifestyle.

In recognition of its commitment to sustainable practices, the Gracewood Community has earned a prestigious 5-star Green Star rating. This accolade underscores its conscientious design and construction, spotlighting energy-efficient lighting, water-conservation mechanisms, and natural ventilation systems that significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Every element within the community has been thoughtfully selected to harmonise durability, functionality, and aesthetics. This meticulous curation extends from the elegantly curved balconies that grace the structure to the custom-made joinery that elevates the living experience, a seamless fusion of comfort and beauty.

David Cowdery, BaptistCare's dedicated General Manager for Property, expressed his excitement at the recognition bestowed upon the third and final stage of the Gracewood Community. He echoed the organisation's core belief that communities thrive when individuals find belonging and togetherness.

"Our communities are designed with a people-first approach, and we really understand the importance of community, belonging and togetherness," said Mr Cowdery.

"Being a finalist amongst some very strong contenders is wonderful. We're really proud of The Gracewood Community's outstanding achievements in the senior living industry. Our team have shown great commitment and dedication to deliver seniors with a vibrant, connected community and a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle."

BaptistCare's Gracewood Community stands as a beacon of progressive retirement living, where innovation, sustainability, and compassion harmonise to offer a remarkable living experience for older Australians. The UDIA recognition is not just a nod to excellence but a reminder that ageing is a journey meant to be cherished, celebrated, and embraced wholeheartedly.

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