Money for local aged care

SALE’S Wilson Lodge and Yarram’s St Elmo’s Nursing Home and Crossley House Hostel are three aged care services from 38 across the state that will receive state funding for upgrades.

Wilson Lodge will receive $150,000 to install bariatric tracking in 15 bedrooms, while Yarram aged care services will each receive $300,000 to instal air conditioning throughout.

Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing announced last week the facilities would receive funding from the government’s Significant Facility Refurbishment Initiative.

“This funding will significantly improve the amenities and comfort at residential facilities in Sale, Omeo, Leongatha and Yarram,” she said.

“From bariatric tracking and palliative facilities to new open lounge areas, these changes will make a really positive difference in residents’ lives and also improve the workplace of those who support them.”

YDHS chief executive Colleen Boag said she was delighted with the successful grant application, adding the roll out of air conditioning to the services’ residential aged care units would without doubt increase the comfort and amenity for residents, staff and the public.

Ms Boag said the allocation of $600,000 was central to the realisation of YDHS’ heating, ventilation and air conditioning planning and works, and that YDHS was keen to begin the projects.

At this stage, the installation of the air conditioning is planned to begin before summer.

Ms Boag thanked the Department of Health and Human Services, adding without its support, the service would struggle financially to provide the expected level of care.

Other refurbishment projects across the state include improvements to common areas that support better social spaces, bedroom or bathroom refurbishments that improve resident privacy and independence, and upgrades to outdoor activity areas to make them more accessible.

The upgrades will modernise facilities and improve the comfort and safety for residents and staff.

Additionally, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley, announced funding of $1.1 million, which will result in up to 1000 public sector health, and aged care nurses receiving specialist training to improve the treatment and care of elderly Victorians.

The training will help nurses better identify and manage a range of physical and mental health issues commonly experienced by older people.

It will be led by the Australian Nurses and Midwifery Federation, in partnership with Latrobe University, beginning in September.

This will be complemented by training being rolled out by the Public Sector Residential Aged Care Leadership Committee, targeting senior nurses and focusing on how improved practice can be embedded in operations.

Central Gippsland Health was approached last week for comment about Wilson Lodge’s funding, but none was received by deadline.