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The Victorian Government invested $3.17 million to upgrade the Barrabill House aged care facility in Seymour.
The 30-bed high care public sector residential aged care facility has been upgraded with a new 10-bed wing. The new wing includes 10 private rooms with ensuites, and new dining and lounge areas creating a homelike environment.
The redevelopment also includes a sensory garden and an outdoor pavilion, which can be used for general activities as well as a meeting place.
The project has increased bed numbers at Barrabill House from 30 to 40.
The project was funded through the Victorian Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. The $790 million 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.
The Barrabill House aged care redevelopment aims to achieve the following benefits:
Private bedrooms with ensuites
The new wing includes 10 additional private rooms with ensuites, giving residents more privacy, dignity and independence. It also easier for staff and residents to manoeuvre in the rooms. There is also more space for people who use mobility supports and those who require transfer via hoists.
The new rooms have been designed to provide a home-like environment, giving residents personal space and access to natural light. Residents have a private place to entertain family and other visitors, including when they cannot leave their own bed.
The change from shared rooms to private rooms is beneficial for residents with dementia. Discrete safety features support residents’ freedom while minimising risk.
The redevelopment has increased bed numbers from 30 to 40, providing additional residential care places for the local community.
During construction, the redevelopment created around ten new jobs.
Largest program of its kind
The $790 million 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.