The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring older Victorians get the high-quality aged care and comfort they deserve, with planning underway for a modern redevelopment of a public aged care facility in Bright.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp was in Bright today to announce that the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will deliver $1.52 million to design and plan for the redevelopment of Alpine Health’s Hawthorn Village.
The process will map how the current 40-bed Hawthorn Village aged care facility will be transformed into a bigger, better and safer home for residents.
The facility being planned at Alpine Health will provide an environment that is dementia friendly and better suited to supporting mental health and the complex care needs of older Victorians.
Residents will be accommodated in single bedrooms with a private ensuite, in settings that promote dignity, privacy and independence.
The project is part of the Regional and Rural Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services Revitalisation Strategy, to modernise ageing facilities which are home to some of our most vulnerable older Victorians.
The strategy aims to progressively replace dated public sector facilities with purpose-built facilities that better meet community expectations and enable modern models of aged care that are focused on residents and delivered in a home-like setting.
We are investing more than $146 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to redevelop and upgrade public sector residential aged care services, including new and refurbished aged care facilities at locations including Mansfield District Hospital and Orbost Regional Health.
Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“This is great news for local families. We’ll be planning for facilities that will cater to residents’ needs, meaning they can stay connected to their local community.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“I’ve listened to the Bright community about how important this project is to them and this funding is the next step towards delivering these much needed upgrades.”
“No matter where you live in Victoria, people should be able to access aged care services which provide the best and most modern care and support.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines
“We’re continuing to support our regional aged care services to ensure they deliver the care older Victorians deserve.”