Harbourside Lodge Receives $286,800 Funding For Redevelopment

Tuesday, 19 July 2016
A redevelopment costing nearly $300,000 will make life more comfortable for residents of Portland’s Harbourside Lodge with the installation of air-conditioning in all rooms and extension of an indoor living area.

The Victorian Government has announced 286,800 funding for the project as part of an $8 million fund for refurbishing public sector residential aged care facilities across rural and regional Victoria.

Portland District Health CEO Chris Giles said the work would improve care, comfort and socialisation of residents.

The project involves installing air-conditioning in all resident rooms and communal areas throughout Harbourside Lodge.

This will ensure a continuous comfortable environment for residents all year round that will support and promote their continued health and wellbeing, Ms Giles said.

A second component of the project is the extension of the existing indoor living area into the outdoor environment.

Ms Giles said this was intended to integrate the environments so residents and their families can enjoy the positive elements of the outdoors while being protected from the elements.

It is anticipated this area will be able to be made into a private area for special family gatherings or an open area for all to utilise.

Ms Giles said the redevelopment would meet the expectations of residents and their families for comfort and safety.

We are getting more hot nights and there have been comments about the uncomfortable temperature during summer with only ceiling fans available in resident rooms for air circulation, she said.

Families want to be assured of an environmentally controlled atmosphere and a secure environment, enabling their loved one to maintain normal activities of daily living that will enhance quality of life and increase their health and wellbeing.

In announcing the funding, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley, said the 24 projects would ensure older people living in rural and regional Victoria can access high quality public aged care, when they need it, in modern and safe facilities which are closer to home and their loved ones.

Public aged care facilities are the lifeblood of regional towns, providing aged care to older people in their own community, as well as being a major local employer,” he said.

Our $8 million funding boost is investing in the future of public aged care in rural and regional Victoria and will make a real difference to the quality of life for residents, now and into the future.

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