- $500,000 redevelopment for Valley View Residence in Collie
- New therapy equipment, furniture, outdoor area and café for the aged care facility
- McGowan Government boosts dementia care in the South-West
Aged care facilities in the South-West will receive a significant upgrade with the State Budget announcement of $500,000 to fund an overhaul of a 64-bed aged care facility in Collie.
The announcement delivers on the McGowan Government's election commitment to refurbish the accommodation at Valley View Residence, and improve the quality of aged care facilities available for the communities in Collie and surrounding areas.
Valley View Residence is an independently-run facility that provides essential residential aged care, secure dementia care and respite care to the local community.
This redevelopment will improve the environment, equipment and services offered to the elderly people who live at Valley View Residence.
Improvements include new flooring, lighting, beds, wheelchairs, plus occupational and physiotherapy equipment. A café will be established along with a new outdoor area with shade sails.
Funding also covers the installation of a new telephone system to provide staff access to specialist support in a timely manner, improving care outcomes for patients.
Valley View Residence has 64 high care residential aged care beds, 28 of which are dementia specific beds within two interlinking houses. The remaining 36 beds comprise of 35 permanent beds and one respite bed. In addition to the 64-bed facility, Valley View also has 20 one-bedroom independent living units in Collie.
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"We recognise that many elderly people who need residential support in regional WA want to stay within their existing communities and close to family. This funding will help to improve the quality of aged care facilities available to the people of Collie and the surrounding areas.
"The lack of dementia specific care in the South-West region has been well recognised. Valley View's commitment to dementia care is evidenced through the much higher ratio of dementia care beds.
"This investment is all about improving the quality of life for current and future residents and providing appropriate care closer to home.
"This is terrific news for families living in Collie. The Valley View Residence takes a really positive approach to creating a homely and supportive environment for its residents.
"I am pleased that this funding will enable Valley View Residence to continue to build on the excellent care that they provide with renewed facilities, in particular to patients with dementia."
Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:
"I committed at the 2017 election to provide better resourcing for aged care - and I am pleased the overhaul at Valley View will soon be delivered.
"Dementia is a difficult and often heartbreaking issue for partners, children and families to address - and I am pleased we are able to provide funding to make local care options better.
"Aged care issues in Collie have been well documented over the years. In many cases, families have been presented with difficult decisions about where to place loved ones. These upgrades will ensure local facilities will receive a significant upgrade."
Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Seniors and Ageing Minister's office - 6552 6400