$2.7M redevelopment of Vic Government aged care home begins

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A $2.7 million redevelopment of the Victoria Government’s Rochester and Elmore District Health Service’s Yalukang Aged Care facility, 180km north of Melbourne, has begun.

The ground was broken by REDHS CEO Karen Laing, Raysett Construction representative Sarah Moore and Yalukang resident Dawn McNeill.

The redevelopment will see six shared bedrooms converted to 12 single rooms, each with an ensuite. In addition, the dining room will be increased in size and an al fresco dining area will be built.

“Splitting shared bedrooms into private suites will provide increased amenity, privacy and dignity by providing all residents their own personal space and eliminate the need to utilise shared toilet and showering facilities,” REDHS board member Jodie Smith said.

The $2.7 million project is funded with $600,000 from Victoria Government’s Department of Health and Human Services’ Significant Facility Refurbishment initiatives, and investment from REDHS cash reserves.

“We believe investment in our aged care facilities to be of particular importance to our community,” said Ms Laing.

Works are expected to be finished by March 2022.