Pathways Residences is a boutique organisation that provides excellence in care, accommodation and services to older Australians who are no longer able to live independently within the community. The charter of the organisation is founded on the principles of harmony, respect and trust.
Since 2001 Pathways has established four residential aged care facilities in the Sydney Metropolitan Area: Pathways Residences Sailors Bay, Pathways Residences Killara Gardens, Pathways Residences Cronulla Pines and Pathways Residences Cronulla Seaside.
Pathways has selected the Lane Cove Local Government Area (LGA) as the location of its fifth residential aged care facility- Pathways Residences Longueville. The site for our new facility is 274-274a Longueville Road and 4-18 Northwood Road, Lane Cove. We have now lodged the Developed Application with Lane Cove Council for our new facility.
Lane Cove Council Seniors Social Plan 2010-2014, states that ‘the over 80 age profile was the fastest growing age group in the demographic profile of the Lane Cove LGA with the number of seniors aged over 85 years having risen by 17% between 2001 to 2006’.
The North District Plan that was released by the Greater Sydney Commission in March 2018 identifies ‘an 85% per cent proportional increase in people aged 85 and over, and a 45 per cent increase in the 65-84 age group is expected by 2036. This means that 20 per cent of the Northern Districts population will be aged 65 or over in 2036, up from 16 per cent in 2016.’ (Greater Sydney Commission, North District Plan, March 2018, page 9).
Research commissioned by Pathways Residences in September 2016 and undertaken by Critical Success Solutions, has confirmed that the over 85 age group, based on 2011 data, comprises a larger percentage of the population of the Lane Cove LGA accounting for 2.4% of the population compared with that of the Greater Sydney Area at 1.8% and NSW at 2%.
The Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) Submission to the Federal Government 2014/2015 Budget, summarises the current situation facing Australian communities in planning for the accommodation needs of an ageing population:
‘Australia has an ageing population, and as people become frailer in older age many will require care and support in the community or in a nursing home. Currently there are about 182,000 aged care beds and about 1 million older people who use community care in Australia. By 2020 we will need 82,000 new aged care beds and over 1.4 million people will require community care. To put this in context there will need to be 2.25 new 100 bed residential aged care facilities opened each and every week over the next seven years.’
Pathways Residences Longueville will play an important role in addressing this under supply of aged care and accommodation. As a community it is vital that we actively work together to plan for this growing sector of the seniors housing market.