June 1, 2017
by Kaitlyn Estens
A $5 million project to transform Coonabarabran’s aged care facility, Cooinda, has been given the green light thanks to a successful Federal Government grant submission.
Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, passed on the wonderful news to Cooinda’s general manager, Leanne Redfern, on Friday, 26 May.
“Cooinda has a wonderful reputation for quality aged care for the residents of Coonabarabran and the district,” Mr Coulton said.
“I congratulate them on their success.”
Cooinda’s nursing home will receive $3,830,000, which will go towards a major refurbishment and an extension of facilities, which are currently 30 years old.
Mrs Redfern said the current multi-bed rooms would be renovated into single rooms, while 18 additional single rooms will be built.
“Our number of beds will remain at 25, but all rooms will be single, en-suite rooms,” Mrs Redfern said.
“Some rooms may even be big enough to have two beds in them, if we had a couple.”
In addition to the nursing home expansion, the kitchen and dining areas will be upgraded to create a more open-plan design.
A new entry, reception area and meeting room, and an improved drop off and pick-up point, are also included in the $5 million project.
“When we are finished, it will be a more secure building and we will be able to get rid of a lot of dead-end corridors.
“There will also be little alcoves, where residents can sit with their families.
“It’s going to be a state- of-the-art development and will ensure Cooinda’s long-term viability.”
The refurbishment will be completed in two years, through staged openings for minimal disruption to every-day operations.
“The plans still need fine tuning, but we will soon go to tender,” Mrs Redfern said.
“We will be looking to provide local contracts as much as possible.
“Work will definitely start this year.”
While Cooinda has the funds to finish the project, fund-raising will form an important contribution from the community.
“Residents have already begun potting plants and crocheting, to help in future fund-raisers - this is their home and they want this as much as we do.
“Everyone is very excited. It’s like winning the lottery for the town, we are very lucky and privileged to have achieved
“We have 120 staff and pay $5 million in wages each year, so it’s nice to know that we’re here for the future.”
Staff from Cooinda Aged Care Facility are thrilled with last Friday’s $3.83 million funding announcement.
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