Extra places allocated to Redlands aged care providers

Extra places for Redlands aged care providers

AGED care providers in the Redlands have secured 176 extra bed allocations to help ease waiting lists.

Federal MP Andrew Laming said Dunwichs Nareeba Moopi Moopi Pa Aged Care, Finncare's Finlandia Village, Bolton Clarke Moreton Shores and Prescare's Lake Sherrin received the extra bed allocations in this year's Aged Care Approvals Round.

The Dunwich aged care facility also received a $1,2 million capital grant.

"These 176 places receive guaranteed federal funding, allowing these providers to plan future services with confidence," Mr Laming said.

"This nearly $1 billion allocation is part of our governments $5 billion aged care boost.

"It is Australias largest ever allocation of residential aged care places and a boost of more than 36 per cent on the last Aged Care Approvals Round."

Mr Laming said the new places meant senior Australians could age with more confidence, knowing they had future care options in locations as close as possible to their families and communities, whether in the city or the country.

Moreton Shores received 61 new spaces, Lake Sherrin 60, Finlandia 45 and Nareeba Moopi Moopi Pa 10.

Bolton Clarke executive general manager care services Jim Toohey said the announcement was a great outcome for the Thornlands community providing much needed beds.

"Bolton Clarke submitted applications for ACAR in a number of high priority areas and we were pleased to learn the Moreton Shores residential aged care community in Thornlands was allocated a total of 61 beds, which have already started filling up, Mr Toohey said.

"Moreton Shores is a well-integrated community offering residential care, retirement living and at home support services with a high level of quality care plus attractive and stylish features including a new coffee shop, gym and media rooms."

A Finncare spokesperson said their 45 places was the largest new allocation since the facility opened in 1986.

"A condition of the approved bed licenses is that 13 residential aged care places are given to those who speak Finnish," the spokesperson said.

"The approval of additional bed licences is key to the expansion of the Thornlands facility."

AFRHA board president Martti Honkanen said this was the most significant development for Finncare since the decision was made to build the facility at Thornlands.

The spaces would mean more beds for dementia patients, which was important for the migrant community as people who developed dementia often revert to their first language.

Mr Laming said the $60 million capital works investment would provide 28 grants to establish, extend and refurbish new and existing homes in priority areas of rural and regional Australia.

"Projects will include renovations, extensions, improved kitchens, gardens and recreation facilities, solar power additions and better security and fire protection systems," he said.