Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is pleased to announce Geegeelup Village Hostel in Bridgetown will receive more than $8 million of Federal Government funding, paving the way for a major expansion of the aged care facility.
Mr Wilson said the hostel would receive a capital grant of $7.4 million under 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round, which will fund the construction of two new wings and double the number of available beds.
Two eight-bed wings will be built on the adjacent croquet courts, four of which will be secure places for dementia patients.
The funding will also allow for the employment of a registered nurse to manage high-level care and palliative patients.
Once the expansion is complete, the number of beds available at Geegeelup will increase from 16 to 32.
Operational funding to be allocated to the hostel for the 16 new places is estimated at $1.048 million.
Mr Wilson said the funding was fantastic news, not only for Geegeelup and its staff, but the entire Bridgetown and Boyup Brook communities.
“I first visited Geegeelup and met its manager Dyan Dent before the 2013 election, when I was still a candidate, and helping the facility find the money for an expansion has been a priority for me as a local MP,” he said.
“There’s a waiting list for residential aged care in the South West – we’ve got elderly residents in Bridgetown and Boyup Brook that have to move to Perth when they need to access these services.
“Aside from forcing people to leave their community, this places a major strain on their families, who are forced to commute long distances when they want to visit their loved ones.
“The Government recognises it is difficult for a small community-run facility to raise the large amount of capital required for a major redevelopment and that’s why I welcome this significant funding injection into aged care in the Bridgetown region.
“With the money announced today, Geegeelup will be able to provide a greater service to those communities, and it also ensures the long-term viability of the hostel.
“I’m rapt for the staff and residents there and I’ll be visiting them as soon as possible to discuss the project.
Information about the 2016−17 Aged Care Approvals Round outcomes, including details of the successful approved providers, is available on the https://agedcare.health.gov.au/2016-17acar/results