Aged care services get $13m boost
Aged care has received a boost across the Upper Great Southern and Wheatbelt, with more than $13 million being allocated to the region by the State Government.
Broomhill, Cranbrook, Katanning and Kojonup will share $13.1 million to build and expand aged care accommodation.
Narrogin, Cuballing and Wickepin will share $160,000 to further develop business cases for aged care projects.
Residency by Dillions Narrogin chief operating officer Tim Dillion, said newly available grants from the State and Federal governments were welcomed and needed to sustain the industry.
“(Federal) Minister (Ken) Wyatt wants to support regional and rural Australia; that’s a great opportunity for us to embrace and put in our application,” he said.
“We should be looking at getting some new beds, looking at 10 primarily, to raise our profile here (in Narrogin).”
Mr Dillion said they were looking to increase from 50 to 60 beds, to get ahead of the aged care demand of regional residents who do not wish to seek services in Perth.
Apart from facilitating regional residents who want to stay in their communities, finding willing and capable staff in the country is a challenge, according to Mr Dillion.
“It all comes down to finding the right people, finding the right people who want to be a part of our facility,” he said.
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