Denmark will soon have a new 40-bed residential aged care facility thanks to a $4 million grant from the Morrison Government.
The funding will add to $8 million provided by Amaroo Care Services, a well-established community-based, not-for-profit organisation providing senior’s housing and aged care services, to build the $12 million facility.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Morrison Government will also fund the 40 new residential aged care places, worth $2.6 million a year.
“The new places will provide a welcome boost to aged care services in Denmark and are part of the Morrison Government’s record funding and expansion of aged care,” Mr Wilson said.
“I took Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt to meet with Amaroo and Denmark community representatives last year, and the message was heard loud and clear that there was an urgent need for more aged care services in Denmark.
“This project responds to the critical shortage of aged care services in this area and I’m thrilled the Minister listened to the Denmark community and secured the funding for this worthy project.
“The new facility will provide residential care for frail aged residents, specialist dementia care and respite services, supporting the Denmark community to stay in Denmark.
“Every one of these new places will mean local seniors and their families can have more confidence, knowing they have future care options in locations as close as possible to the communities they know and love.”
Mr Wilson said the capital works to build the new facility will not only lead to bigger and better aged care services, but will support local construction jobs and businesses in the region.
The new facility will feature 40 single rooms with private en-suite bathrooms, including ‘Smart’ technology to provide resident monitoring, environment control, and communication and entertainment selections.
The development includes all back of house services, including kitchen, laundry, maintenance, staff amenities, plant and storage areas and car parking.
The Morrison Government is boosting annual aged care investment by $5.5 billion, with annual funding to grow from $18.1 billion to $23.6 billion a year by 2022-23.
“I congratulate Amaroo Care Services on securing these new aged care places and I look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding flow to our community,” Mr Wilson said.
Photo: Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson with Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt and Denmark Shire President Ceinwen Gearon discussing aged care requirements in Denmark.