Millmerran Centenary Retirement Village “Yallambee” has obtained 16 additional bed licences and a $4,139,000 Capital Grant from the Australian Government to assist in the construction of new accommodation along with refurbishment of the existing, but ageing, original 24 rooms.
In addition to the capital funding the additional licences will mean additional income of in excess of $1 million dollars per year, ongoing, for Care and Accommodation subsidies.
Confirmation of our organisations applications success has been received and the detailed planning will begin immediately.
The capital funding along with contribution of our own funds will allow us to build the new accommodation, upgrade kitchen, laundry, nursing offices and staff room along with resident rooms and ensuite refurbishment. In addition we plan to install up to date sprinkler system throughout the whole complex to ensure maximum fire protection for our residents and staff.
There are some other areas on our “wish” list to include, for example specific palliative care area for families along with a chapel / reflection area for residents if possible, however the Board and Management will set strategic direction for the updated complex after detailed consultation with residents, family and staff, prior to tendering for final design and construction.
These applications for additional care places and capital funding are very rigorous and feedback from the Department of Social Services, who administer the process, indicated that the 2014 competition for places was stronger than previous approval rounds. Feedback indicated that successful applicants were those that, amongst other criteria:
- Demonstrated that their management and service delivery workforce had sufficient relevant experience or expertise.
- Demonstrated financial viability, sustainability and overall organisational robustness.
- Provided a detailed description of the proposal.
- Demonstrated a strong understanding of the requirements of service delivery under the aged care legislation for example quality of care or protecting resident rights.
- Provided evidence of the need for the target special needs groups, in our case people who live in rural and remote areas; people who are financially or socially disadvantaged.
The successes of applications of this nature are not only reflective of current operation but of ongoing efforts of many and the reputation and compliance gained over a long period of operation in providing a service of which the community can be proud.
The expansion of operations at Yallambee will ensure long term viability. However it will require an understanding by all that ongoing service delivery in the highly regulated area of caring for our elderly requires continual change to maintain the latest in care including the need for staff to maintain not only their basic skills but persistent development and education.
Aged Care is one of the biggest growth areas in employment opportunities in the decades to come with many areas of interest available for career development including, Nursing, Allied Health (podiatry, physiotherapy etc.) Personal Care, Hospitality Services (Catering, Laundry, Environmental Services etc.), Finance and Administration. It should be noted that all these positions require hardworking, dedicated and passionate staff as the work is hard and whilst it is rewarding in many ways it is sometimes not seen as the sexiest environment to dedicate ones working life.
Yallambee appreciates all the support and contributions from volunteers and community and wish to confirm that whilst the additional funding and expansion is appreciated we will continue to require the support of the community to provide a facility that meets the expectations of the community in providing accommodation and care for many years into the future.