Excitement builds for Karana extension

May 24, 2017

Excited for the Karana development to begin are (back) Andrew Kennedy from Kennedy Builders, Facilities Manager James Flanagan, Registered Nurse Ellie Sim, (front) Corporate Business Manager Mel Murfitt, Karana resident Joyce Smith, Karana Nurse Unit Manager Chris Moran, resident Bob Dewing, Deputy Director of Nursing Debbie Gleeson and Director of Clinical Services Kaye Gall.

Work begins this week on extended facilities at Yarrawonga Health’s Karana aged care service.

The $600,000 project has been a while in the making, with residents and their families participating in planning for the development according to Yarrawonga Health Director of Clinical Services Kaye Gall.

“The project includes three new rooms on one side of the existing building and two new rooms on the other side,” Ms Gall said.

“This will give us 28 single rooms and one shared room to accommodate couples. The new rooms will mean more single rooms and therefore more privacy and independence for our clients.

“Karana is home for our residents and after transitioning from living independently it is important they have their own space and independence.”

The development will also provide new amenities for visiting family members, a focus on providing shared family spaces and an update of the kitchen facilities.

“It was important from the beginning that we had the residents and their families involved in the planning so we had a clear idea of what they wanted and needed,” Ms Gall said.

“This gave us a starting point and enabled us to put together a plan to meet those needs.

“Now we’re excited to get the project underway.”

Kennedy Builders began work at the site this week with a plan to have the project completed in four months, weather permitting.

Andrew Kennedy from Kennedy Builders said the Karana project fitted in nicely for the team following the recently completed extension of an aged care facility in Wangaratta.

“We’re so pleased to be working with local builders, Kennedy Builders,” Ms Gall said.

“It is a big project but we believe it can be done with very little disruption to residents and what few disruptions there are will be easily managed.”

Yarrawonga Health Corporate Business Manager Mel Murfitt said the Karana development had been made possible by partnership with the Victorian Government.

“We were fortunate to receive $300,000 funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to be matched by the $300,000 investment from Yarrawonga Health,” she said.

The new Karana beds will provide 86 beds in total across the three aged care facilities operated by Yarrawonga Health in an ongoing commitment to meet the growing need for local aged care services.

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