Aged Care for the Apollo Bay residents and community has been given a facelift, with a refurbishment of the Otway Health’s aged care facilities. More than 50 people attended the reopening of the Laura Pengilley Wing on Tuesday 30 April. The main improvements to the area are an updated resident’s kitchenette, dining area and an accompanying sitting nook, ideal for small gatherings and a refurbished treatment space for visiting beauticians and hairdressers. Bedrooms were also updated with new carpets and fresh paint with residents and families participating in the colour choice and look of the refurbished rooms. The investment was supported by the Apollo Bay Opportunity Shop, the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation and a private bequest. The Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Infrastructure Fund also awarded $241,000 in grant funding. The design of the refurbishment was driven by focus-group input from staff, residents and their families, along with potential future residents. It incorporates many elements of dementia-friendly design, along with incorporating features to support those who are becoming visually challenged. Otway Health and Lorne Community Hospital CEO, Kate Gillan officially opened the ceremony with an introduction and ribbon cutting support provided by resident Geoffrey Riches. Speeches were given, tours were conducted and a delightful afternoon tea, prepared by our wonderful on site catering team, was shared. This is the first step in a larger redevelopment plan so watch this space for future updates. The Otway Health aged care unit offers a range of services and activities programs, including physiotherapy, podiatry, dietitian, speech therapy, and palliative care.

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