A sod-turning ceremony last Thursday marked the start of construction on a large residential aged care home in Oran Park.
The $31 million, 80-bed home, which includes 16-bed dementia wing, will be located in Anglicare's Oran Park Village, a retirement community bordering Grice Street.
Construction and fit-out is expected to take about 18 months with Anglicare management hopeful that the facility's initial residents will move into their rooms late in 2020.
Anglicare CEO Grant Millard said the new home, once complete, would employ about 80 people including nurses, occupational therapists and other care related staff.
He said Anglicare's research showed there was a need for retirement and aged care living options in the Camden local government area and the new home would help to address the significant shortfall locally in residential aged care places.
"The Camden LGA is expected to experience significant growth in the over 65 and 70 population in the next 20 years or so," Mr Millard said.
"It is estimated there will be an additional 17,900 people aged 70 years and older by 2036 which means there will strong demand for residential aged care accommodation in the Camden local government area."
The population of the Cobbitty-Leppington region, which includes Oran Park in part, has tripled since 2011.
While popular with first home buyers, about 10 per cent of residents moving into the region's new housing estates are aged over 65.
Mr Millard said Anglicare's plans to build additional independent living accommodation at Oran Park Village were also well advanced.
Camden Council last year approved Anglicare's development application to build 67 new two and three-bedroom retirement living villas over various stages, with early civil works now under way.
The first of the new villas will be ready for occupation in 2021.
Oran Park Village is pet friendly, with an onsite gym, indoor pool, outdoor bowling green, library, resident workshop, hairdresser and community lounge.