Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    $1.9million grant to create more aged care options in Goldfields

    18/03/2008 12:00 AM

    A $1.9million State Government grant will allow a Goldfields aged care provider to expand the potential use of its current site to include more accommodation options for frail and aged low income earners in the region.


    Health Minister Jim McGinty said the grant would allow the Little Sisters of the Poor to acquire freehold title to 1.6ha of State Government land in Victoria Street, Kalgoorlie.


    “The land title over the property held by the Little Sisters of the Poor until now hindered future additional aged care services. The variation to the title will allow for other options to be considered,” Mr McGinty said.


    “The grant has been offered on the condition that the land will continue to be used to provide aged care accommodation.


    “Options being considered are independent living units and a high-care aged facility.”


    The Little Sisters of the Poor currently operate the Victoria Park Home for the Aged Nursing Home and Hostel on the site, which caters for 20 high-care residents in a nursing home setting and 29 low-care residents in two hostels.


    Any new facilities considered for the site will be in addition to the existing nursing home and hostels.


    “The Little Sisters of the Poor have provided accommodation and care for frail and aged low income earners in Kalgoorlie for more than 30 years,” the Minister said.


    “The State Government is pleased to provide this grant which will expand the options for aged care accommodation in the Goldfields and allow residents to remain in the region as they grow older.”


    Little Sisters of the Poor Superior Sister Geraldine said that more accommodation options were needed to meet the changing needs of aged care residents in the region.


    “This grant will assist in ensuring the Little Sister’s desire that the site provides aged care long after the presence of our Sisters,” Sister Geraldine said.


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