Dates set for start to aged care cen­tre

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tibballs

CON­STRUC­TION of the long awaited Moss­man Aged Care fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be­gin in April.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sal­va­tion Army’s Aged Care Plus, which will man­age the fa­cil­ity, road widen­ing and in­fra­struc­ture dis­cus­sions are con­clud­ing with Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and util­ity providers.

Ex­ter­nal civil works are an­tic­i­pated to start in Fe­bru­ary, in­clud­ing road works and un­der­ground ser­vices like sewage, stormwa­ter and wa­ter sup­ply.

Ten­ders for these works close to­mor­row (Fri­day) to de­ter­mine the suc­cess­ful provider.

Ar­chi­tec­tural plans are in the fi­nal stages of ap­provals and con­struc­tion of the build­ing is ex­pected to be­gin in April.

The com­mu­nity will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn all about the devel­op­ment, with a meet­ing to be held on April 18 to share up­dates.

“The new fa­cil­ity will break down the bar­ri­ers for res­i­dents liv­ing in Moss­man to ac­cess­ing aged care ser­vices which are cur­rently up to 80km away,” says Aged Care Plus CEO Sharon Cal­lis­ter.

Sec­re­tary for the Moss­man District Nurs­ing Home Inc., Shirley Vico, knows just how much this ru­ral com­mu­nity re­quires lo­cal aged care ser­vices.

“The new Aged Care Plus Cen­tre will take the pres­sure off con­cerned fam­i­lies, as many in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity have had to travel dis­tances up to 80km to re­ceive ap­pro­pri­ate care,” she said.

The 42-bed res­i­den­tial aged care Cen­tre will pro­vide in­dus­try lead­ing spir­i­tual, phys­i­cal and emo­tional care for all lo­cal res­i­dents.

The new fa­cil­ity will break down the bar­ri­ers for res­i­dents liv­ing in Moss­man to ac­cess­ing aged care ser­vices which are up to 80km away

Sharon Cal­lis­ter, CEO, Aged Care Plus

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