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