Up­date on aged fa­cil­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

A group of around 70 lo­cal res­i­dents at­tended an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Tues­day morn­ing at the Moss­man Me­mo­rial Bowls Club to hear the lat­est de­vel­op­ments of the aged care fa­cil­ity be­ing con­structed by the Sal­va­tion Army.

Ms Sharon Cal­lis­ter, CEO of the Sal­va­tion Army’s Aged Care Plus, wel­comed the group which in­cluded the War­ren Entsch MP, Fed­eral Mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt, and the Dou­glas Shire’s CEO, Ms Linda Cardew, and Ms Marj Nor­ris, chair of the Moss­man Dis­trict Nurs­ing Home com­mit­tee.

Aged Care Plus’s ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of cap­i­tal projects, Mr Steven Ball, said the civic works should be com­pleted by the mid­dle of the year.

Mr Ball ex­plained each res­i­dent will have a view of the en­vi­ron­ment and each will have a 24 sqm room with en­suite.

“And to an­swer a ques­tion that has been posed many times, the fa­cil­ity will be air­con­di­tioned and yes, the win­dows will be able to be opened,” he said.

“The fa­cil­ity will be ‘de­men­tia ready’ and a smaller sec­tion of the ac­com­mo­da­tion build­ings will be set aside as se­cure,” he said, “and each of the rooms will be flex­i­ble to cater for the chang­ing lev­els of care reen­joy­able,” quired by each res­i­dent.”

Sev­eral al fresco spa­ces be­ing al­lo­cated around the fa­cil­ity. “The lay­out and de­sign will not be too dis­sim­i­lar to your own house and the fa­cil­ity should feel light, free and he said.

Ma­jor Steven O’Neill gave com­ment in re­la­tion to the nam­ing of the fa­cil­ity and de­tailed the process by which the name will be de­cided.

This process in­cludes in­put from the lo­cal Moss­man Dis­trict Nurs­ing Home com­mit­tee, the com­mu­nity and the Sal­va­tion Army and “should be an­nounced by the end of May or early June at the lat­est,” he said.

Mr Ben Litch­field, op­er­a­tional com­mis­sion­ing man­ager, ex­plained how staffing is im­por­tant and the Sal­va­tion Army is work­ing with lo­cal train­ing providers to en­sure lo­cal pro­fes­sional staff will be pro­vid­ing the labour force re­quired.

Sev­eral ques­tions were posed from the floor in­clud­ing queries about el­i­gi­bil­ity for a place in the fa­cil­ity.

Ms Cal­lis­ter ex­plained how the ini­tial stage of el­i­gi­bil­ity rests with a gov­ern­ment as­sess­ment through the Com­mon­wealth Depart­ment of Health’s My Aged Care.

“Once a per­son is as­sessed as el­i­gi­ble for a place in an aged care fa­cil­ity, then we would talk to them one-on-one,” Ms Cal­lis­ter said.

The wait­ing list is not open as yet.

There was a dis­cus­sion about the avail­abil­ity of dou­ble rooms be­ing of­fered to cou­ples who have both been as­sessed as re­quir­ing en­try into an aged care fa­cil­ity.

The de­sign at present only pro­vides for con­nect­ing rooms how­ever Mr Ball said he would take the sug­ges­tion away for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion.

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

CEO Sharon Cal­lis­ter ad­dresses the Aged Care Plus meet­ing in Moss­man

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