Creswick Nursing Home upgrade on track
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Public sector residential aged care 27 August 2020

Creswick Nursing Home upgrade on track

The $3.2 million upgrade of the Creswick Nursing Home near Ballarat is on track for completion.

Funded through the Victorian Government’s $350 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, a major feature of the upgrade is construction of a modern, purpose-built 12-bed unit to support residents with dementia.

'Dementia enabling design supports the residents to live their best life. It’s about moving safely in corridors that take you to a place of purpose. It’s about texture, light – it’s about living spaces and outdoor areas that are safe and easy to access.'
Debra Bevern, Nurse Unit manager at Creswick Nursing Home

The upgrade will also deliver improvements to the existing facility, including a consolidation and refurbishment of common areas, and improved heating and cooling systems.

The project has delivered local jobs for the community. Craig Jenkins of builders S.J. Weir says, 'Our tradespeople are all from the Ballarat area. You have a true local business supporting local businesses, putting money back into the local economy.'

Note: This video was filmed before 2 August 2020, when face coverings were made mandatory for people living in Victoria.

Video transcript

OPENING IMAGE: Aerial image of the town of Creswick.

Text on screen: The Victorian Government is investing $3.2 million to upgrade the Creswick Nursing Home near Ballarat.

Text on screen: Debra Bevern, Nurse Unit Manager, Creswick Health.

Debra Bevern: Dementia-enabling design support the residents to live their best life.

IMAGE: Debra talking to camera with health service garden in background.

Debra Bevern:  It's about moving safely in corridors that take you to a place of purpose.

IMAGE: Debra and colleague walking along garden path.

Text on screen: Funded through the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.

Debra Bevern: It's about texture, light

IMAGE: An artist impression of what the facility will look like when completed is shown

Text on screen: the upgrade will deliver a 12-bed unit purpose-built for residents with dementia.

Debra Bevern: It’s about living spaces and outdoor areas that are safe and easy to access.

IMAGE: Debra talking to camera with health service garden in background, which transitions to an aerial image of the town of Creswick

Text on screen: Plus improvements to the existing facility, including upgrades to heating and cooling systems.

Debra Bevern: We have 30 residents. In the new area there will be single rooms with ensuites.

IMAGE: front shot of the facility in construction.

Craig Jenkins: A lot of the project's got to do with converting double rooms into single rooms with individual ensuites.

Image: Craig Jenkins talking to camera with construction of facility in background.

Text on screen: Craig Jenkins, Director S.J Weir, Ballarat.

IMAGE: Animation of the architect’s plans of how the interior of the facility is laid out. Plans show single rooms with ensuites and larger shared spaces.

Debra Bevern: To get their own bathroom, their own space, their own privacy, is very important.

IMAGE: Debra Bevern talking to camera.

Debra Bevern: With the new modern facilities it will boost the staff's morale.

IMAGE: Aerial view of the construction and the adjacent health service.

Debra Bevern: For the community the benefits are enormous.

IMAGE: Craig Jenkins talking to camera.

Craig Jenkins: Our tradespeople all from the Ballarat area.

IMAGE: Close up of various tradespeople in hard hats working on the construction site.

Craig Jenkins: You have a true local business supporting local businesses, putting that money back into the local economy.

IMAGE: Craig Jenkins talking to camera.

Craig Jenkins: We've got about 20 tradespeople on site, on a daily basis, as an average. There's about three or four apprentices on site.

IMAGE: Close up of various tradespeople in hard hats working on the construction site.

Craig Jenkins: At the moment we're working through the internal timber framing and the roofing, and we also have some services trades here as well.

IMAGE: Aerial shot of the facility in construction.

Debra Bevern: This is their home town. This is where they want to live.

IMAGE: Debra Bevern talking to camera.

Debra Bevern: They don't want to have to move.

IMAGE: Aerial view of the town of Creswick, which transition into another view of the nursing home in construction.

Debra Bevern: There's far less anxiety for residents who have to move into an aged facility when they can do it in their home town.

IMAGE: Debra Bevern talking to camera.

Debra Bevern: We're a quiet, friendly, country facility.

Text on screen: The redevelopment is due for completion late 2020.

Debra Bevern: This is their home. This is their last address.

Outro slide with VHHSBA and Victorian Government logo

End of transcript.

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Last updated: 27 August 2020