Director of nursing Tara Quirke shows off the designs for the new and improved Waroona Aged Care.
Director of nursing Tara Quirke shows off the designs for the new and improved Waroona Aged Care.

New look Waroona: aged care facility to be upgraded

RESIDENTS of the Waroona Aged Care Service will be much more comfortable in their home, with significant upgrades coming in 2020.

The facility will receive a fresh new look, with improvements which will reflect many of the recommendations made by current Director of Nursing and former Aged Care Quality Assessor, Tara Quirke.

“Preliminary design and planning work are under way, with architects and consulting engineers working with our project managers QBuild to complete final designs and tender documents,” Ms Quirke said.

“Some of the minor works include the refurbishment of the front reception area.

“I am especially excited to be back here at Waroona to oversee the implementation of redesign recommendations I made in my consultancy report.”

Some of the more complex works will get under way in January, including the redesign and refurbishment of nine existing double bedroom spaces into 18 single rooms, providing greater privacy and more flexible residential options.

The construction process itself will be completed in stages to allow for minimal disruption to the residents, with works on the rooms, entertainment areas, and extra comforts expected to be finished around mid-2020.

“There will be insulated roofing covering the walkways and entertainment areas, allowing for comfortable use year-round, as well as a new poultry-raising shed and purpose-built garden beds, some with wheelchair access,” Mrs Quirke said.

“The electrical and airconditioning systems throughout the facility also will be replaced and upgraded and additional emergency power generating capacity installed.”

With the upgrades being staged, Mrs Quirke is confident construction won’t interrupt daily life at Waroona.

“Throughout this process, we will be ensuring minimal disruption to Waroona’s residents, staff and visitors, and normal day-to-day activities to continue as normal.”

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