DUE to increasing demand in aged care an estimated $10 million extension of Glenelg Community Aged Care is planned to be completed within two years.
The extension will house up to 90 beds in three wings that will be three times the size of the centre’s new Opal Wing, which is having its official unveiling on Sunday.
The centre, owned by Innovative Care Ltd, has purchased two blocks of land north of the building, roughly three acres in size, and the expansion will take the capacity of the centre to 210 beds.
Glenelg Community Aged Care (GCAC) executive manager Dawn Roodenrys said the demand for low and high care beds and individual living units kept growing in Portland and there was a large gap in services.
“People who aren’t really ready for residential care, so we’ll be able to provide independent care for them and that will provide the whole spectrum of care then in the one site – we’ll cover from independent from low care right through to high care and dementia,” Mrs Roodenrys said.
The 30 beds in the centre’s most recently completed wing were booked out in three days, and another 30 or more people are on the GCAC waiting list following the announced closure of Sea View House and a likely staff reduction at Harbourside Lodge.
Almost all of those on the waiting list are from Portland, and a few are current residents of Sea View House.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.