Aged care site up­grade

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

MEATH Care is re­spond­ing to the in­creased need for aged fa­cil­i­ties by re­de­vel­op­ing its Como lo­ca­tion.

The $35 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the site will in­crease the num­ber of beds from 64 to 130 and up­grade the clu­b­rooms.

Cooper and Ox­ley Con­struc­tion were suc­cess­ful in get­ting the ten­der for the project, with part of the site al­ready be­ing de­mol­ished and the re­de­vel­op­ment set to be com­pleted in mid to late 2019.

Meath Care chief ex­ec­u­tive Olive Wright said when the or­gan­i­sa­tion took con­trol of the site in 2000 it was a lovely fa­cil­ity but more suited to low care res­i­dents.

“There was re­search done and the board ap­proved a re­build of the site,” she said.

“The fa­cil­ity will be named af­ter our chair­man Michael Lee, who has been with us for 20 years.

“In the past we’ve looked af­ter peo­ple who just needed as­sis­tance with house­work and didn’t need a nurse, but now we have nurses 24/7.

Mrs Wright said Meath Care had re­lo­cated some res­i­dents be­cause part of the fa­cil­ity that in­cluded 26 beds had been knocked down.

“I think the re­de­vel­op­ment is go­ing to have a pos­i­tive im­pact be­cause there is a grow­ing need for se­cure care and frailaged care,” she said.

“One in three peo­ple who come to us have some level of de­men­tia; some are con­fused while others would wan­der out with­out help.”

A re­de­vel­oped fa­cil­ity will be good for the com­mu­nity be­cause there will be job op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents com­ing out of uni­ver­sity, she said.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d467292

Meath Care chair­man Michael Lee and CEO Olive Wright pre­pare to turn the soil to kick off the re­de­vel­op­ment and up­grade of Meath Care at its Como site.

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