Ground has been broken for the long- awaited transformation of aged care in the North-East with the May Shaw Aminya Home commencing their $5.976 million development this week. The project was secured by a $3 million federal government grant which was announced at the launch on Monday afternoon by senator Eric Abetz, Bass MHR Bridget Archer, Bass MHA Sarah Courtney, May Shaw CEO Julie Orr and Mayor Greg Howard.
The exciting venture will see May Shaw and Aminya amalgamate under the one roof doubling the bed capacity to 61, providing a contemporary and new facility for all.
The move will be the final step in a four- year journey to turn aged care in the North- East into a sustainable model that provides exceptional local care and employment for residents and families, a far cry from its threatening of closure.
May Shaw CEO Julie Orr said they had received tremendous support from the local community with fundraisers and donations.
“We thank you for your patience. Our vision involves responding to community needs, making sure everyone has the same standard of services, creating one continuously improving workforce and a good working environment with minimising costs whilst maintaining viability so we can deliver all of the above in a rural setting as expected by our community,” she said.
Federal member for Bass Bridget Archer said this funding will support safe and a more sustainable quality of care through the consolidation of beds onto the new site.
“It’s so important for older residents to be able to remain in their community not just for their own health, happiness and wellbeing but also for their families and communities.
“This project is a brilliant example of an organisation dedicated to that,” she said. Dorset Council will act as a facilitator for a further $2 millions of funds provided to support the project’s success, the remaining amount will be supplied internally by
May Shaw Building will officially commence on August 26 with the entire development expected to be completed by December 2020.
“We would like to sincerely thank each and every person involved, it’s due to your efforts that we are standing here with the resources and attitude to transform how we help our community successfully age in the North-East,” Ms Orr concluded. Written by Taylor Clyne, NE Advertiser.