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New Wantirna public aged care facility step closer

New Wantirna public aged care facility step closer

Artist's impression of the Wantirna aged care facility

A new public residential aged care facility in Wantirna is a step closer to being built with the Andrews Government commencing the tender phase to appoint a builder.

The $81.6m, 120-bed facility is designed to be dementia-friendly for Victorians with complex care needs. Residents will have single rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The government expects to announce a builder in August 2020, with the start of construction to soon follow. The facility is scheduled for completion by mid-2022.

The facility will include a community room, café, sacred space and other common areas designed to encourage social interactions between residents, staff, families and the community. The home will be built next to the existing Eastern Health Wantirna Health service, a purpose-built palliative care and geriatric medicine hospital.

ANMF (Vic Branch) commended the Andrews Government for renewing a commitment to public sector residential aged care to provide high quality care for older Victorians. Under the Safe Patient Care Act 2015, nurse to resident ratios apply within public residential aged care homes.