Whitby aged care fa­cil­ity signed off


An aged care fa­cil­ity at Whitby Lakes Re­tire­ment Vil­lage has been signed off.

Re­source con­sent for the 1220-square me­tre, 60-bed fa­cil­ity was granted this year.

Work is due to start next year and is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2018.

The $16 mil­lion build­ing will be lo­cated at the north­ern end of the re­tire­ment vil­lage, next to Sa­muel Mars­den Whitby. Though the fa­cil­ity would not be a hos­pi­tal where oper­a­tions were per­formed, di­rec­tor Sandy Fos­ter said it would still pro­vide a high level of care.

‘‘It is a big devel­op­ment, but so was the vil­lage it­self,’’ Fos­ter said.

‘‘It is very much a mile­stone for the vil­lage. We have been plan­ning the care fa­cil­ity for some years, so to have se­cured the rights to build it is sig­nif­i­cant and very wel­come.’’

He said that in the re­tire­ment vil­lage mar­ket it was in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to be able to of­fer health­care as part of the over­all pack­age.

A de­tailed de­sign process for build­ing con­sent will be­gin over the next few months.

The new fa­cil­ity would also open up more op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ment, with about 15 nurs­ing staff needed on a day-to-day ba­sis, Fos­ter said.

‘‘We want to cre­ate a place that helps peo­ple who live there and is also an asset to the com­mu­nity.’’

He said res­i­dents had been very pos­i­tive about the pro­posal be­cause it would ben­e­fit them. Fur­ther­more, the wider com­mu­nity also un­der­stood it was some­thing that was nec­es­sary.

Fos­ter said Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board had given pro­vi­sional ap­proval for fund­ing, sub­ject to ac­cred­i­ta­tion once com­plete.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed aged care fa­cil­ity at Whitby Lakes Re­tire­ment Vil­lage.

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