Aged care site upgrade
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.
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.