New $30 million aged care facility planned for Hervey Bay
A $30 MILLION new aged care facility with a 150-bed capacity and room for the delivery of respite care will be built in Hervey Bay next year.
Provided a development application is passed by the Fraser Coast Regional Council early next year, OzCare hopes to have the facility "well and truly operational by the end of 2016".
Commonwealth funding for 30 more beds in the facility to bring the capacity to 150 was announced on Thursday by Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt.
The new facility is planned for Boundary Rd.
OzCare aged care state manager Lanna Ramsay said the Federal Government identified the need for more aged care beds in our region.
The ratio for operational residential care places in the Wide Bay region is 66.2 for every 1000 people aged 70 or over.
The new facility will be welcomed with that ratio currently 17% under the state average.
"They allocate places according to people in the catchment (over 70)," Ms Ramsay said.
But the days of homes built for high-care and low-care will be gone from July 1 as OzCare builds the new facility to suit any patient.
"It will be built in a manner that we can accommodate any type of client," she said.
Along with the four new respite rooms, a secure dementia facility will also be built to prevent patients wandering.
OzCare aren't new to the Fraser Coast, providing allied health services for more than 10 years.
Ms Ramsay said demand for aged care would grow significantly in years to come.