Approved tenders for Pinaroo’s 12 bed extension
ENSURING Roma’s ageing population are comfortable and cared for is the top priority for Pinaroo, approving tenders for another 12 bed extension.
Pinaroo board chairman Howard Hobbs said after adding ten beds in 2018 to bring it to 60, the aged care provider is now at capacity.
“The challenge for aged care in most regions is being able to meet the future needs of your community. We have an ageing population and we have to plan for that,” Mr Hobbs said.
“This will be good model for what we need for this region at this stage, plus we will have 23 special needs beds which will be the dementia beds so we will be doubling our capacity there. “That seems to be where the increased numbers are coming from - people seem to be staying at home longer because of the home packages available so they're coming in later and then often need special treatment when they get here.”
Pinaroo has self funded the new 12 bed wing which is estimated to cost 2.7 million and have awarded the tender to local builder, Steven Duff.
“If we are to meet the future needs of the community, further expansion is essential so we are very excited about the development,” Mr Hobbs said.
Roma Rotary who own and operate Pinaroo are believed to be the only aged care facility owned and operated by a service club in Australia.
“It is a wonderful local facility and we have exceptionally good staff who are dedicated to looking after our elderly at this important times in their lives,” Mr Hobbs said.
“Often we do patient satisfaction surveys and we come out really, really well.
”The main thing we want is a great place, a comfortable place for our community to go in an important time of their lives and to give their families that peace of mind that they’re being looked after.”
Pinaroo is seeking funding support from the community for the bedroom furnishing of the new 12 bed wing.
“Furnishing of these bedrooms involve purchasing new hospital type beds, general bedroom furnishings including tables, linens and other domestic requirements costing up to $10,000 per room,” Mr Hobbs said.
“Any funding support from the general public would be very welcome.”
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The construction of the new wing will being in April and is estimated to be completed in October.