Victorian Government hands out $10M to upgrade regional public aged care

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The Victorian Government is pumping $10 million in grants into 21 regional public aged care facilities across the state.

Distributed through the Rural Residential Aged Care Facilities Renewal Program, the funds will go to recipients including:

  • Rupanyup Nursing Home, which will see $2.1 million go to a new kitchen, new community area, disability access improvements, and upgrades to nurse calling;
  • Wilson Lodge in Sale, which will receive $570,000 to create a dementia-friendly outdoor space;
  • Lakeview Nursing Home in Tallangatta, which will get $320,000 for converting shared to single rooms and upgrading storage areas; and
  • Darlingford Upper Goulburn Nursing Home in Eildon, which is slated for a $150,000 improvement of its outdoor areas.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan (pictured, centre) says the program aims to modernise aged care homes to provide the best amenities and services to older Victorians.

“This is about ensuring aged care facilities in regional and rural Victoria have the vital infrastructure and equipment they need to continue to care for their local community.

“There is no more worthwhile investment – helping to rebuild our economy, while also ensuring the quality of aged care for all Victorians, no matter where they live,” he said.

The State Government has also invested more than $338.4 million into providing new aged care facilities with more than 420 beds around Victoria.

Victoria has the largest public aged care sector in Australia, with around 15% of beds owned by the Government.