The $4.9 million 15-bed residential aged care wing at the Golden Oaks Nursing Home in Bendigo opened in June 2020.
Funded via the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, the new wing allowed the majority of residents to move from dual occupancy to single rooms, improving privacy and a sense of independence.
Refurbishments were made to the existing facility, giving residents more private and comfortable bedrooms. Upgrades to the dining room and kitchen allowed for meals to be cooked fresh onsite.
The $350 million Regional Health Infrastructure 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.
Golden Oaks Nursing Home can currently house 60 residents in shared accommodation. Four single rooms are available for residents with special requirements.
Stage two was completed in June 2020 and included:
construction of an additional 15-bed wing
addition of ensuites
renovated dining and serving area
The stage two works formed part of an overall plan to redevelop the Golden Square aged care precinct.
Stage one was completed in 2018 by Bendigo Health. This stage included the creation of a large space linking Golden Oaks Nursing Home and Carshalton House Hostel. The shared facilities included a new lifestyle room with cinema, café, reception and office space. A nine-bed area for residents needing higher level care was also upgraded.
The Golden Oaks Nursing Home redevelopment project aimed to achieve the following benefits:
More single rooms
The new 15-bed wing converted the Golden Oaks Nursing Home from a largely double bed room facility to a majority single bed facility. With the addition of ensuites and a general refurbishment, the redeveloped nursing home offers improved privacy, dignity and independence.
Better dining and kitchen facilities
The renovated dining and serving area aimed to provide a pleasant space for residents to take their meals. With an upgrade to the kitchen, residents can enjoy fresh cooked food prepared onsite.
The local community benefited from ten new jobs being created during the construction of phase two.
Largest program of its kind
The $350 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.