Facilities boost for Pilbara aged-care residents

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Yaandina Community Service’s chief executive Nick Furnivall.
Camera IconYaandina Community Service’s chief executive Nick Furnivall.

Elderly Pilbara residents will have access to better facilities with Yaandina Community Service’s residential aged-care centre securing funding for much-needed upgrades.

The Roebourne centre received more than $340,000 from the Federal Government which will be used to install a solar system, cooling system and to upgrade CCTV.

Yaandina chief executive Nick Furnivall said the solar system would help to make the facility self-generating.

“In an aged-care facility you need to keep the power on all the time, whilst worrying about the potential issue of power outage,” he said.

“By having solar power, the facility will be more self reliant and that will reduce costs over the time.”

Federal member for Durack Melissa Price said local aged-care services faced challenges their capital city counterparts did not.

“These upgrades will boost the productivity and sustainability of local aged-care services, which play a critical role in our communities,” she said.

Research done as part of an aged-care inquiry has shown 67 per cent of regional aged-care facilities run at a loss and that is no different at Yaandina.

“We run at a loss for many reasons, one of which is our location and the cost associated with that, the other is the size of the facility which doesn’t generate enough income for the cost of running it,” Mr Furnivall said.

“Despite that, we’ve still got to keep the facility to a superior standard for the residents and that’s not easy when you’re running at a loss.”

Yaandina currently has 18 beds for residents and two for respite care, but is hoping to get funding this year to increase that by 50 per cent.

“The facility runs at close to full occupancy and that indicates there is a need for an expansion,” Mr Furnivall said.

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