Update on aged facility
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.
CEO Sharon Callister addresses the Aged Care Plus meeting in Mossman