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The Victorian Government is investing $3.17 million to upgrade the Barrabill House aged care facility in Seymour.
The 30-bed high care public sector residential aged care facility will be upgraded with a new 10-bed wing. The new wing will include 10 private rooms with ensuites, and new dining and lounge areas to create a homelike environment.
The redevelopment will also include a sensory garden and an outdoor pavilion, which can be used for general activities as well as a meeting place.
The project will increase bed numbers at Barrabill House from 30 to 40.
The project was funded through the Victorian Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. The $470 million fund is the largest grant program of its kind in Victorian history. It provides vital government funding to rural and regional public health and residential aged care services across Victoria. This funding enables these services to continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.
The Barrabill House aged care redevelopment aims to achieve the following benefits:
Private bedrooms with ensuites
The new wing will include 10 additional private rooms with ensuites, giving residents more privacy, dignity and independence. It will also be easier for staff and residents to manoeuvre in the rooms. There will be more space for people who use mobility supports and those who require transfer via hoists.
The new rooms have been designed to provide a home-like environment, giving residents personal space and access to natural light. Residents will have a private place to entertain family and other visitors, including when they cannot leave their own bed.
The change from shared rooms to private rooms will be beneficial for residents with dementia. Discrete safety features will support residents’ freedom while minimising risk.
The redevelopment will increase bed numbers from 30 to 40, providing additional residential care places for the local community.
During construction, the redevelopment will create ten new jobs.
Largest program of its kind
The $470 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, which includes the Aged Care Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, is the largest grant program of its kind in Victorian history. It enables rural and regional public health and residential aged care services to invest in modern infrastructure and equipment. This supports the services to continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.