De­men­tia wing nears com­ple­tion

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Laura Gru­bisa

Karinya Res­i­den­tial Aged Care is two months away from hav­ing its new 14-bed de­men­tia wing com­pleted.

The new wing will pro­vide peo­ple with de­men­tia a place to stay per­ma­nently or just for a short respite.

As well as get­ting the new wing, the ex­ist­ing Karinya fa­cil­i­ties are be­ing up­dated with wider doors and pas­sage ways, in­creased light­ing and a new ad­min­is­tra­tion area.

The up­grades have been funded by a com­bined $20.2 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion from Roy­al­ties for Re­gions and stream six of the South­ern In­land Health Ini­tia­tive.

Karinya chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Chris­tian­son says the grants have greatly as­sisted in con­tribut­ing to ma­jor cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in Karinya.

“De­liv­er­ing the only de­men­ti­aspe­cific de­signed fa­cil­ity in the Wheat­belt south area, meet­ing the grow­ing de­mand for de­men­tia care in the re­gion and up­grad­ing the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity to mod­ern stan­dards of en­vi­ron­men­tal in­fras­truc­ture which will im­prove res­i­dent safety and en­hance ac­cess is vi­tal to our or­gan­i­sa­tion,” she said.

“This fo­cus by Nar­ro­gin Cot­tage Homes, in part­ner­ship with other sup­port­ive agen­cies such as the Shire of Nar­ro­gin and the Wheat­belt De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion will see an en­hance­ment in res­i­den­tial de­men­tia care ser­vices, re­duc­ing falls risk, and respite care ser­vices en­abling op­tions for the com­mu­nity to stay in their homes as long as pos­si­ble.”

The de­men­tia wing will have no locked doors, state-of-the-art elec- tronic mon­i­tor­ing to keep all res­i­dents as safe as pos­si­ble, an ex­ten­sive out­door area and a floor plan that flows with no ob­struc­tions. A wait­list for new res­i­dents is al­ready open, and Karinya will also be look­ing for ad­di­tional staff to work in the new wing.

The grand open­ing will take place later this year.

Pic­ture: Laura Gru­bisa

The new de­men­tia wing at Karinya Res­i­den­tial Aged Care is al­most com­plete.

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