The Liberal National Government has partnered with a Gympie aged care provider to deliver a major $13.2 million extension to the Cooinda Aged Care Centre.
Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Senator Richard Colbeck said ensuring that seniors have access to quality aged care choices is a key priority for families in regional Australia.
"Our Government has worked closely with the Cooinda Aged Care Centre to deliver this $13.2 million extension because we are focused on supporting quality and choice in aged care for regional Australians," Minister Colbeck said.
"The Commonwealth contributed $5 million to make this 50-bed extension project a reality for families in Gympie and the surrounding region."
"We are committed to providing seniors with quality aged care choices in the communities where they have lived, worked and raised a family."
Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien welcomed the extension and said the Gympie Aged Care centre had been serving the community since 1965.
"This latest expansion and improvement means residents have a wonderful environment to enjoy visits from their families and friends," Mr O'Brien said.
"The new modern facilities mean it's easy to get around, take part in activities, socialise and stay connected in our community.
"Delivering the 11-bed dementia stepdown unit provides a quiet environment where people diagnosed with dementia can have their individual needs catered for by familiar staff."
The $13.2 million 50-bed extension of Cooinda Aged Care Centre includes:
- lounges, dining rooms, craft rooms and a library
- a tele-health room, allied health treatment room, nurses station and staff room
- a day spa and hair salon, serenity room and a barbecue area.