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Mornington Peninsula facility celebrates $20 million upgrade

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The Bays aged care facility in Hastings has finally held a ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new 60-bed redevelopment.

Expanding their overall capacity from 75 to 90 places for aging and aged residents, the Victoria Street centre’s redevelopment offers light-filled rooms, spacious dining and lounge areas and terraces for residents.

With $5.3 million in funding from the Federal Government, the new state-of-the-art facility offers residents private and Government-funded respite care, memory support and specialised dementia care, a new dialysis unit for related treatments, additional rooms for sole occupancy and couples, and improved dining and lounge areas with fireplaces, terraces, and courtyards.

Hastings is situated on an inlet on Western Port, a major port and important environmental area. The town has multiple marinas and is home to many recreational boating activities.

Federal member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, said the redevelopment will allow more aged and aging residents to remain in an area they know and stay connected to their local community.

“I congratulate The Bays Healthcare Group on this substantial redevelopment which will provide ongoing care and growing capacity for the people of Hastings,” Hunt said in a statement.

“This expanded, state-of-the-art facility will provide residents with the aged care services they need and will allow them to remain within their local communities, surrounded by their friends, family, and neighbours.”

“This is an exciting new chapter for the Bays, which I know has cared for the Mornington Peninsula for over 90 years.”

The Bays CEO Jade Phelan told local newspaper and website The Mornington Peninsula News, that the home was completed last year, but due to obvious reasons, celebrations had to be put on hold until now.

“With aged care in focus at the moment, it is with great pride that we show the community our state-of-the-art home,” Phelan said.

“Being not for profit and community owned, we have a care model centred on the needs and wellbeing of our residents.

“We remained COVID-19 free throughout 2020 and continue to ensure our residents’ safety and welfare is paramount.”

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