Anglicare Southern Queensland celebrated the completion of the redevelopment of its Meilene Residential Aged Care Home when it opened on Tuesday.
The $19-million upgrade in Bundaberg adds an additional 36 beds to the home and includes upgrades to all accommodation and community areas – including the grounds.
As well, the Meilene Residential Aged Care redevelopment includes an extension to all accommodation areas, taking the home from 52 to 88 single ensuite rooms – including an expansion of its memory support unit from 16 to 24 rooms.
“We know that Bundaberg has an ageing population as well as a higher proportion of people with chronic health conditions including dementia, compared to the rest of Queensland. With that, brings an increased demand for aged care services,” said Anglicare Southern Queensland CEO Sue Cooke in a statement.
Hutchinson Builders completed the redevelopment over six stages with complete works including improved multi-purpose community facilities that can be used for special events and celebrations; a self-serve café and lounge area for visitors that opens onto an outdoor area; a multimedia and library area; new outdoor children’s play area; new furnishings, fixtures and fittings throughout the home; individual air-conditioning to each room; and improved car parking.
“The redevelopment has added a further sense of community for our residents and visitors by improving access and connectivity,” said Ms Cooke. “We have also invested in significant refurbishments throughout the entire home to create a modern, comfortable and quality residential environment.”
She added: “We’re thrilled to celebrate the completion of the redevelopment, and ultimately offer improved access to high-quality residential aged care in regional Queensland.”
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