Community plays a vital role in the existence of the hospital

A retirement village in the heart of McLaren Vale

Situated within the grounds of the hospital is the Aldersey Grove Estate. This is a collection of 24 free standing, individual living units initially built and owned by the hospital from whom a “license to occupy” is purchased by the occupants under the provisions of the Retirement Villages Act.

Occupants pay an up front licence fee to the hospital equivalent to the cost of the purchase of any one of the units. At the time of resale, a small proportion, as set out in the residents contract, is retained by the hospital with the balance being paid to the previous tenant.

Occupants are required to pay a monthly maintenance fee with various percentages covering the cost of maintenance of front gardens and buildings, security, Council rates and a “sinking fund” which is basically a fund from which the costs of major replacements are made. This would include such items as hot water systems, ovens etc. The estate consists of 8 units constructed in 1995 and a further 16 finalized in 2005. Units are a mixture of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms all with landscaped gardens and garages as well as many other features including access to the hospital gardens and associated facilities which are available for use by all residents.

Residents enjoy monthly social evenings. The day to day administration of the estate is overseen by a manager.A very good relationship exists between hospital staff and many of the village residents as can be exampled by the fact that many are very active members of the hospital volunteers group.