$2 million boost for country aged care facilities

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Aged care facilities at Mount Pleasant and Waikerie are undergoing substantial redevelopments to the tune of $2 million.

Country Health SA Chief Executive Officer Maree Geraghty said the redevelopment at Mount Pleasant would cost $1.6 million and would enable the activation of nine Commonwealth Residential Aged Care (RAC) bed licences.

“Aged care residents at Mount Pleasant will benefit from a brand new lounge, dining room, kitchen and three bedrooms with ensuites, while inside the existing facility two bathrooms will be refurbished,” Ms Geraghty said.

“These upgrades will enable the activation of nine Commonwealth RAC bed licences, which is part of the process for the Commonwealth assuming responsibility for aged care services.”

At Waikerie, bathrooms in the aged care facility have recently been renovated at a cost of $400,000.

The bathroom upgrades were undertaken in conjunction with a $1.8 million project, funded by the local Health Advisory Council, which involves converting residential rooms into single rooms with ensuites and adding three additional rooms.

Ms Geraghty said work began at Mount Pleasant earlier this year and is expected to be completed in July, while work on the bathrooms at Waikerie was completed in March.

“Upgrading the aged care facility at Mount Pleasant is of vital importance because it means they will comply with contemporary standards and improve amenities to more like home conditions,” Ms Geraghty said.

“There is considerable support for activating the nine beds, providing residents and their families refurbished and modernised facilities, and so I’m really pleased we are funding these important new builds and upgrades.

“I’d also like to acknowledge and thank the Waikerie Health Advisory Council for their significant financial contribution and continued support of their local health services.

“I’m looking forward to visiting both Mount Pleasant and Waikerie later this year to speak with staff and see the new and improved facilities first-hand.”

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