The Victorian Government is upgrading public sector residential aged care services in Heywood and Lorne creating new jobs and ensuring hundreds of older Victorians continue to receive the care and comfort they deserve.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Heywood Rural Health and Great Ocean Road Health were among 21 successful public sector aged care recipients of the $10 million Rural Residential Aged Care Facilities Renewal Program
The renewal program supports improvement projects delivering significant enhancements for aged care residents and help meet the growing demand for quality services in regional and rural Victoria. The program is helping regional public sector residential aged care services from Bairnsdale to Horsham.
Heywood Rural Health will be receiving $120,000 to replace all existing lifting equipment, and the installation of new equipment in rooms currently without.
Meanwhile, Great Ocean Road Health will be receiving $50,454 to improve the layout and workflow of laundry including installation of new benches and sink to improve access and efficiency.
The program is also helping regional public sector residential aged care services across the Alpine, Baw Baw, Campaspe, East Gippsland, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Hepburn, Horsham Indigo, Latrobe, Mitchell, Moira, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, Swan Hill, Towong, Wellington and Yarriambiack areas.
The Victorian Government investing record amounts in public sector aged care, including more than $338.4 million to deliver new facilities with more than 420 beds across Kew, Wantirna, Cheltenham, Rutherglen, Edenhope and Seymour.
More information on the Rural Residential Aged Care Facilities Renewal Program is available at: vhba.vic.gov.au/aged-care/regional-facilities/rural-residential-aged-care-facilities-renewal-program
Quotes for Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“We’re ensuring older people in the Heywood and Otway communities will have the quality facilities and services they need to age well.”
“This funding will create jobs in Heywood and Lorne while also delivering modern public sector residential aged care facilities.”
“It’s another solid investment in the future of public aged care in Heywood, Lorne and the Otways, from a Government that is committed to strengthening the Aged Care and Community Health sector.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan:
“We’re modernising and upgrading public residential aged care right across the state – providing older Victorians with access to the very best services, amenities and care.”
“This is about ensuring aged care facilities in regional and rural Victoria have the vital infrastructure and equipment they need to continue to care for their local community.”