Minister for Ageing David Davis and Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty today officially opened the $2.85 million redevelopment of the Grange Residential Care Service in Hamilton.
Mr Davis said Western District Health Service began planning the redevelopment of the Grange in response to the growing needs of an ageing local population.
"The redevelopment provides a new seven bed wing, a new kitchen, increased activity areas and the renovation of the existing low care wing," Mr Davis said.
"The Victorian Government provided $250,000 towards the redevelopment, with $2.2 million from local fundraising and I congratulate all those involved in this wonderful achievement, particularly the patron of the appeal, Mr Geoff Handbury AO, who pledged $300,000 when he launched the appeal.
"The Hamilton & District Aged Care Trust, represented by Jenny Gubbins, has also worked tirelessly over the last couple of years to ensure the fundraising target was met," Mr Davis said.
The Grange Residential Care Service now offers a total of 50 beds including 30 high care beds, 19 low care beds and one Transition Care Program bed.
"In rural Victoria, the interface between health and aged care is central to providing an effective integrated approach to meeting older Victorians needs," Mr Davis said.
"Western District Health Service is one such service that delivers acute health, aged persons mental health, residential aged care services and community services to local communities in Hamilton, Penshurst and Coleraine.
"The Victorian Coalition Government's vision for the future development of health services in rural and regional Victoria is outlined in our Rural and Regional Health Plan.
"The plan includes directions and actions aimed at improving the Victorian health system so that Victorians in rural and regional areas have access to the best possible healthcare outcomes," Mr Davis said.