Sod turned at new South Melbourne Nursing home (29.08.2013)

Written on the 29 August 2013

Sod turned at new South Melbourne Nursing home (29.08.2013) I joined the Minister for Health, David Davis, the Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services, Andrea Coote MLC and City of Port Phillip councillors at the site of the old St Vincent’s Boys Orphanage in South Melbourne where we formally placed our shovel in the soil so work could begin on the construction of a new $29 million dollar nursing home.
The facility will be provided by local community aged care provider Claremont and South Port Community Aged Care (CaSPA Care) and the Department of Health was instrumental in providing the government land, valued at $5.7million. It was released under the Land Bank scheme and in October 2011, CaSPA Care signed a lease with the Victorian Government.
Formerly the bound by Napier, Church and Raglan streets, the new building at 203 Napier Street, South Melbourne, will be a much needed state-of-the-art residential home with 146 beds.
“This is an exciting project that will provide a wonderful opportunity for people to remain in their own community as their care needs increase in their later years.
“We currently have 99,500 people in Melbourne aged over 60.  There are about 4.3 million people in Melbourne today and as our aged demographic grows, a quarter of our population will be over 60 by 2021.  This project is another of our liberal government’s initiatives to meet the growing need for aged care facilities in Melbourne as well actively plan for our future.
“We need more initiatives like these to help meet the needs of aged care into the future.
“This facility will be four levels and will incorporate extensive living and recreational areas such as a wellness centre, library, cafe and numerous sitting/lounge areas. Every effort will be made to ensure a home-like and welcoming environment.”
The new nursing home, expected to be completed in 2015, will bring together residents from the existing Claremont Home and South Port Community Nursing Home, as well as new residents.
It will provide quality care services for people from the local community into the future and will provide care and support for both high and low care residents.

Pic: The Hon David Davis MP, Minister for Health and Ageing with; Georgie Crozier MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Health; Andrea Coote, Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services and; City of Port Phillip Councillors and parliamentary colleagues.

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