The Morrison Government is helping usher in a new era in care for South West people living with dementia, with $1.45 million for a new care centre at Donnybrook’s Tuia Lodge.
The Lodge will also receive annual recurrent funding of $737,000 to operate an extra 11 aged care places, as part of the biggest residential aged care expansion program in Australian history, worth $967 million, including $60 million for capital works.
“Our Government is passionate about ensuring all Australians have access to quality aged care services, regardless of where they live,” said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM.
“The funding will allow the Lodge to establish a state of the art, 10-bed wing for residents living with dementia.
“This will offer the best quality care, including contrasting colours, specialised lighting, appropriate electronic beds and aids as well as a nursing station, dining and lounge area within the secure area and a special garden area.”
“This will be a valuable asset for the Donnybrook community and the entire South West,” said Member for Forrest Nola Marino.
“An area currently utilised as a library and small kitchen area for residents will be refurbished to include a single palliative care bedroom with adjoining kitchenette and lounge area.
“This will be available for the resident and their family for private interaction and will also have a dedicated private garden for their use.”
The expansion of Donnybrook’s Tuia Lodge will also be supported by a $300,000 contribution from the Shire of Donnybrook-Bailingup.
With the rising number of people with dementia, 34.6 per cent of the new residential aged care places allocated across Australia are for dementia-specific care.