Nursing home commitment
THE Salvation Army have reconfirmed their commitment to getting a nursing home in Mossman and will reapply for funding from the Federal Government.
Members of the Salvation Army met with the Mossman District Nursing Home Incorporated at their meeting last week to discuss in depth their next plan of action.
The first application for funding for a capital grant and a zero-interest loan was rejected, however the application will be a lot stronger in the next round after taking into consideration feedback from the Department of Health and Ageing.
This round Queensland only received $2.2 million from $58.5 million of available funding for capital grants and $25.1 million out of $150 million available for zero real interest loans.
Chief Executive Officer for the Salvation Army’s Aged Care Plus Sharon Callister met with the MDNHI last week after receiving the department’s review of the application and reasons for the rejection.
“We need to provide additional information on the local population, particularly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and be clearer in the application about all special needs groups,” she said.
“I’ve come up with operational manager Luke Grieves, divisional commander Major Rodney Walters and a further consultant to meet with the MDNHI to give the review feedback and look at ways to strengthen the application.
“We’re committed to reapplying when the next tender is announced.”
Ms Callister also welcomed a new package in aged care reform recently announced by the Federal Government.
“It made reference to targeting special needs groups - it may or may not impact us but the industry welcomes the reforms and people are cautiously optimistic about what will follow,” she said.
“We believe quite strongly we should have an aged care facility in Mossman and I wouldn’t waste my time if I thought It wasn’t a possibility.
“Certainly if only $2 million was granted in Queensland last round, we’ll be hopeful it’s more improved this year.”
MDNHI president Marj Norris said the group are ready to tackle the next round of tenders.
“Our committee will be dedicated to assisting the Salvation Army in every way possible and we are confident of public support, this is a wonderful project that has so much scope for aged care in our region,” she said.
“Land is available for the development of individual and assisted living projects co-located with the high care facility and we will be endeavouring to seek an interested developer.
“It’s a slow process but it will proceed and wheels are turning.”
Strength in numbers: Salvation Army CEO Sharon Callister and Mossman District Nursing Home Inc’s Marj Norris (front) combine forces