The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with ensuring older Victorians get the high-quality care and comfort they deserve, with a modern redevelopment of the public aged care facility in Camperdown.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will deliver the redevelopment of Merindah Lodge Nursing Home and Merindah Lodge Aged Care at Camperdown Hospital.
The new 36-bed facility will replace the ageing facilities currently in place – delivering a bigger, better and safer home for residents.
The new facility in Camperdown will provide an environment that is dementia friendly and better suited to supporting mental health and the complex care needs of older Victorians.
Residents will be accommodated in single bedrooms with a private ensuite, in settings that promote dignity, privacy and independence. This includes ‘small households’ with their own dedicated kitchen, dining, lounge and break-out sitting areas.
The project is part of the Regional and Rural Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services Revitalisation Strategy, to modernise ageing facilities which are home to some of our most vulnerable older Victorians.
Rural and regional public sector residential aged care services play a vital role in supporting access to appropriate services, including for vulnerable older Victorians with complex support needs.
We’re investing more than $146 million in the budget to redevelop and upgrade public sector residential aged care services including new and refurbished aged care facilities at Mansfield District Hospital and Orbost Regional Health, as well as detailed design and planning work to redevelop Hawthorn Village in Bright and the Heywood Nursing Home in the state’s south-west.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“We’re continuing to help our local aged care services expand capacity, improve safety – but most importantly, deliver the care older Victorians deserve.”
“This is a major upgrade which will benefit dozens of residents and give peace of mind to families in and around Camperdown.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines
“This new 36-bed facility will ensure residents can enjoy a home-like setting and will make it easier for staff to continue their amazing work caring for residents.”