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February 2021

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Eastern Health Board Chair Tass Mousaferiadis and Minister Luke Donnellan.

Wantirna aged care facility on the way

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan has turned the first sod on the $81.58 million 120-bed state-of-the-art Wantirna public sector residential aged care facility.

The four-storey aged care home will cater to the more complex needs of its residents and has been designed to be mobility and dementia-friendly.

It also features a ‘pandemic mode’ ventilation and air conditioning system which – when needed – will help to contain the spread of infectious airborne particles by exhausting all air externally from an infected space and providing 100 per cent fresh air to isolated areas.

Residents will enjoy a more home-like environment with the dignity and independence of their own private room and ensuite.

Thoughtful touches – such as memory boxes with personal items at the entrance of each resident’s room – will be important to helping residents feel safe and at home.

The facility will also include a community room, café, sacred space and other common areas designed to encourage social interactions between residents, staff and families and allow for a range of day-to-day activities.

The architecture of the new facility has been carefully considered and seeks to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of residents and staff.

Natural light-filled spaces and views of the Dandenong Ranges have been integrated into the design to increase the sense of connection to the natural environment.

The facility will be operated and staffed by Eastern Health as part of the Wantirna Health Precinct, with Victoria’s legislated nurse-to-resident ratios in public sector residential aged care services ensuring residents will receive the very best care when they need it most.

The Wantirna Health Precinct is a community-focused neighbourhood facility in the eastern suburbs that provides integrated health and wellbeing services for all.

Scheduled for completion by mid-2022, the facility is part of the Government’s work in delivering purpose-built residential aged care services and high-quality care for older Victorians.

‘This purpose-built facility will ensure older Victorians receive the care they deserve, in a comfortable environment that feels like home,’ Mr Donnellan said.

‘Being within the Wantirna Health Precinct means residents will also be able to quickly and easily access health services if needed.’