Up­graded fa­cil­ity re­opens its doors

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - David Charlesworth

DECADES of plan­ning, months of work and com­mu­nity ef­fort came to fruition with the of­fi­cial open­ing of Ho­cart Lodge Aged Cen­tre’s new fa­cil­i­ties on April 11.

Ho­cart chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ish­bell Reid said the $16.23 mil­lion up­grade added 20 more beds over the old fa­cil­ity’s 40-bed ca­pac­ity, with the new beds al­ready be­ing filled.

“We have our first ad­mis­sions ar­riv­ing on Fri­day of this week (April 13) then over the course of the next 10 days we have a fur­ther eight ad­mis­sions com­ing in,” Ms Reid said.

“By the end of this month cer­tainly we will have filled 10 of those 20 beds, a very good out­come but also one which demon­strates a need for res­i­den­tial aged care beds within the com­mu­nity.”

In June last year, stage one of the de­vel­op­ment was opened with 30 beds.

Com­pleted last month, stage two, added new re­cep­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion ar­eas along with the sec­ond res­i­den­tial unit with a fur­ther 30 beds, in­clud­ing a 10bed de­men­tia unit.

Ms Reid said there was still a wait­ing list for the re­main­ing unas­signed beds.

“By the end of May the like­li­hood is we’ll be sit­ting at if not full oc­cu­pancy then cer­tainly very close to that,” she said.

Ms Reid said a fur­ther in­crease of Ho­cart’s oc­cu­pancy was planned and it would be ap­ply­ing for bed li­cences to in­crease its ca­pac­ity to 70, us­ing the 10 beds va­cated in the old de­men­tia unit.

For­rest MHR Nola Marino offi- cially un­veiled the plaque com­mem­o­rat­ing the com­ple­tion of the fa­cil­ity and said the day was a trib­ute to the many peo­ple who had worked on the project over the years.

“You can see how much work has gone into it by a ded­i­cated group of peo­ple for many years, and cer­tainly the com­mu­nity is go­ing to be bet­ter for hav­ing this,” she said.

Ho­cart board chair­woman Glenys Cham­bers thanked the com­mu­nity mem­bers and agen­cies which had con­trib­uted to the project, also to the ded­i­cated past and present board mem­bers who had fought to bring about the up­grade to the fa­cil­i­ties.

“The build­ing is just mag­nif­i­cent, it’s re­ally a credit to those board mem­bers who for so long had never said die, they just kept slog­ging away,” she said.

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