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Vic Govt announces upgrading of public aged care facilities in Heywood and Lorne

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The Victorian Government is upgrading public sector residential aged care services in Heywood and Lorne, creating new jobs and ensuring hundreds of older Victorians continue to receive the care and comfort they deserve, it says.

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, announced last week that Heywood Rural Health and Great Ocean Road Health were among 21 successful public sector aged care recipients of the $10 million Rural Residential Aged Care Facilities Renewal Program.

“We’re ensuring older people in the Heywood and Otway communities will have the quality facilities and services they need to age well,” Tierney said.

“This funding will create jobs in Heywood and Lorne while also delivering modern public sector residential aged care facilities.”

The renewal program supports improvement projects delivering significant enhancements for aged care residents and help meet the growing demand for quality services in regional and rural Victoria.

The program is helping regional public sector residential aged care services from Bairnsdale to Horsham.

Heywood Rural Health will be receiving $120,000 to replace all existing lifting equipment, and the installation of new equipment in rooms currently without.

Meanwhile, Great Ocean Road Health will be receiving $50,454 to improve the layout and workflow of laundry including installation of new benches and sink to improve access and efficiency.

“It’s another solid investment in the future of public aged care in Heywood, Lorne and the Otways, from a Government that is committed to strengthening the Aged Care and Community Health sector,” Tierney said.

The program is also helping regional public sector residential aged care services across the Alpine, Baw Baw, Campaspe, East Gippsland, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Hepburn, Horsham Indigo, Latrobe, Mitchell, Moira, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, Swan Hill, Towong, Wellington and Yarriambiack areas.

The Victorian Government investment in public sector aged care includes more than $338.4 million to deliver new facilities with more than 420 beds across Kew, Wantirna, Cheltenham, Rutherglen, Edenhope and Seymour.

More information on the Rural Residential Aged Care Facilities Renewal Program is available here.

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