Grant a boost for aged care
AN $8 million Federal Government grant will allow the expansion of Bridgetown’s aged care home to cater for the growing demand from the area’s ageing population.
“It will be a colossal benefit to the town and region,” Geegeelup Village Hostel chairman and GP Mick Dewing said on Friday.
“It will certainly cover the development of 16 new beds with a lot more facilities than we’ve got now.”
Care for dementia patients and couples would be available once the expansion to a total of 32 beds was complete.
“The scope is enormous,” Dr Dewing said.
A capital grant of $7.4 million would fund two new wings at Geegeelup, each with eight beds, including four for dementia patients, O’Connor MHR Rick Wilson confirmed.
Operational funding to be allocated to the hostel for the 16 new places is estimated at $1.048 million, Mr Wilson said.
The project aims to meet demand in an area with a higher than average population of seniors and a waiting list for aged care.
“We’ve got elderly residents in Bridgetown and Boyup Brook that have to move to Perth when they need to access these services,” Mr Wilson said.
“Aside from forcing people to leave their community, this places a major strain on their families, who are forced to commute long distances when they want to visit their loved ones.”
News of the federal funding comes after what Dr Dewing in November called a “generous and timely” donation of $100,000 from Bridgetown Rotary Club.
The federal funding will be via the Aged Care Approvals Round and follows an earlier unsuccessful application.
Dr Dewing previously voiced concerns that Geegeelup, the smallest aged care facility in WA, would not remain viable unless it was able to expand.