Uniting gets grant to upgrade Taralga home

The half-a-million dollars will enable the provider to contemporise the 23-bed facility.

Uniting NSW.ACT has been awarded a $530,000 federal government grant to undertake an upgrade of its aged care home in Taralga, in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.

Uniting NSW.ACT was one of more than 70 organisations and services to receive a combine $135 million of Commonwealth funding through the Aged Care Capital Assistance Program to upgrade and expand aged care homes and improve home care delivery in rural and remote regions of Australia.

Saviour Buhagiar

Saviour Buhagiar – Uniting’s head of senior services – said the grant was very welcome. “It will enable us to upgrade Taralga’s 23-bed aged care home and introduce our contemporary household model, which is featured in most of our other aged care homes.”

Adhering to the National Aged Care Design Principles and Guidelines, the household model upgrade will deliver significant improvements for residents and staff alike.

“The new design will vastly improve shared spaces which are so important  to service delivery and quality of life,” said Mr Buhagiar.

Improvements to the Taralga site include:

  • a bright and modern dining area
  • an improved community space with tea and coffee facilities, better lighting and games storage
  • a courtyard with new turf, outdoor furniture, paved paths, and new plants and shading.

Uniting NSW.ACT acquired the Taralga facility in 2022 to ensure that the local community could continue to receive vital aged care services.

The closest alternative aged care homes are 40 kilometres away in Crookwell, or 45 kilometres away in Goulburn. “This grant of $536,000 will enable us to modernise and safeguard our service so it’s available to the Taralga community for many years to come,” said Mr Buhagiar.

Uniting has also committed to cover any additional costs associated with the Taralga upgrade, he added. “We’re determined to create a sustainable aged care home for the community.”

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