Health cen­tre opens

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YACKAN­DAN­DAH Health’s dou­ble­storey build­ing with 16 res­i­den­tial aged-care rooms up­stairs and 10 apart­ments for in­di­vid­u­als or cou­ples down­stairs, will be of­fi­cially opened at 10am on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

Yackan­dan­dah Health CEO, An­nette Nuck said, as part of the health ser­vice’s pro­gres­sive ap­proach to aged care, known as the Yackan­dan­dah Model, the new build­ing is one of sev­eral in­no­va­tive projects it is un­der­tak­ing to meet com­mu­nity health needs.

“We are lead­ing the way with a move to in­ter­gen­er­a­tional care; The new build­ing is the first step as the apart­ments are not specif­i­cally for older peo­ple. Some­one who is younger and look­ing for one-bed­room ac­com­mo­da­tion in Yackan­dan­dah can ap­ply,” Ms Nuck said.

“We are also work­ing to­ward the open­ing of a new child­care cen­tre on our site at the start of 2019 and re­cently re­ceived fund­ing for a Care Sanc­tu­ary, which con­nects peo­ple to an­i­mals and the land This will be for the whole com­mu­nity.”

Ms Nuck said they had started plan­ning three years ago to meet the chang­ing de­mands for aged and health care in the com­mu­nity.

“The de­mand for a va­ri­ety of op­tions to suit peo­ple’s dif­fer­ent needs as they age is just con­tin­u­ing to grow,” she said.

To mark the open­ing of the build­ing and the in­creas­ing com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, Yackan­dan­dah Health, has or­gan­ised two days of cel­e­bra­tions.

“We have Dr Jane Bar­ratt from the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion on Age­ing in Canada com­ing to start the com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tion about how peo­ple want to age on Fri­day, 9 Novem­ber. Tick­ets are avail­able for those who want to hear what’s hap­pen­ing glob­ally,” she said.

On Satur­day, Novem­ber 10 Yackan­dan­dah Health will host a Com­mu­nity Cel­e­bra­tion from 9am to 2.30pm, with the build­ing open­ing at 10am.

There will be some­thing for ev­ery age­group in­clud­ing mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment, health and well­be­ing talks, dis­plays and food. That night there will be an en­core per­for­mance of Liv­ing Mem­ory.

The new build­ing was de­signed by JWP Ar­chi­tects from Wodonga and built by Joss Con­struc­tions.

It in­cor­po­rates many pas­sive de­sign prin­ci­ples, in­clud­ing so­lar gain, proper ori­en­ta­tion and nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion.

“This was im­por­tant to us as it fits with our in­no­va­tion fo­cus and our 2016 in­vest­ment in a 90kW so­lar sys­tem,” Ms Nuck said.

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