THERE’S never been a better time to be getting old than right now after Carinya Aged Care in Korumburra turned the first sod on a $7 million project to add 17 state-of-the-art beds to the lodge and completely refit the rest.
By the time building contractor, Renew Constructions, is finished, Carinya will have 60 beds, not 43. It will have a new kitchen, two new dining areas, new administration and everything else will either be refurbished or renovated apart from 10 bedrooms which are set for work at a later date.
It’s exciting times for Carinya and Committee of Management Chair, Jenny Blackmore, who expects the new beds to be fully subscribed well before they are completed in 18 months’ time.
“We’re going to have a new entrance and we’ll also have 48 independent living units, having just finished five more with a further four to come.”
A highlight of the ceremony, to turn the first sod with managing director of Renew Constructions Stephen Price, was the launch of a $1 million fundraising effort towards the $7 million cost of the project.
And kicking off the campaign in style was managing director of Michael’s IGA Michael Lorenz who handed over a $10,000 cheque from IGA’s Community Rewards program and pledged more from the customer loyalty program.
Chairman of the Carinya Lodge Fundraising Committee Frank Preston was delighted, urging people to register their rewards points for Carinya until the target was reached.
“Michael’s IGA is our first major sponsor, but we hope they are the first of many. It’s an ambitious target but we’re confident.”
Mr Preston said people could keep up to date with the progress of the appeal by watching the thermometer at Michael’s IGA.
“Demand for residential aged care in Korumburra is huge and growing so this expansion is sorely needed,” said Mrs Blackmore.
Carinya launches $1M appeal for $7M project