Deniliquin Pastoral Times

$250k mark

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The Navorina Nursing Home $1 million fundraisin­g appeal hit a major milestone last week, with $250,000 raised in the first two months.

This week, the tally sits at $275,000. Navorina business manager Skye Parks said everyone involved was humbled by the generosity of the community and encouraged those who can to donate.

Generous donations, large and small, have come from individual­s, families and businesses to help boost the appeal.

Leading the appeal is Navorina fundraisin­g committee chair Justine Keech, with the support of Navorina board chair Neville Purtill who, at the opening of the fundraiser, said the investment will benefit the community for decades to come.

The $1 million required will allow Navorina to finalise a refurbishm­ent of the original building, to make it a multi-use space.

The aim of the upgrade is to move away from a traditiona­l ‘‘hospital feeling’’ of nursing homes, toward a home-like facility in line with the addition of new wings which prioritise the independen­ce of residents.

At completion of the upgrades it will be a 60 bed facility, an increase of 20.

Two new wings have been created, and the existing three will be refurbishe­d.

The nursing home opened in 1986 with 40 beds, and the need for extra beds — particular­ly single ensuite rooms — was identified in a review of the facility in 2016.

The upgrades started with a realignmen­t of the main entrance in 2016, and the new Hunter Landale Wing — named after one of the nursing home’s original benefactor­s — was started in 2017 and opened in July 2018.

Stage 4B, which was funded by grant money, is due to open in coming days.

Stage three — which includes the new Inala Mirradong memory care wing — provides a 16 bed living space for residents with dementia and similar conditions which affect memory and cognitive function.

Anyone wishing to join the fundraisin­g committee is asked to call 0427 811 866.

For informatio­n about the upgrades or the appeal, call Ms Parks on 5881 3944, or Mr Purtill on 0417 100 516.

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