A special supplement in tomorrow’s Gippsland Times will feature details about the major redevelopment of Stretton Park in Maffra, planned to ensure its ongoing viability.
The first stage of the redevelopment will cost $6 million. Stretton Park will meet some of the cost and an application has been made to the Federal Government for a grant however community support is also needed to raise an additional $250,000.
Stretton Park Chair, Phillip Clifford, said the facility had an “excellent reputation” of providing aged care service to the residents of Maffra and surrounding districts.
“However the purpose for which the facility was designed has changed significantly over the years from hostel type care to nursing home care,” he said. “Initially residents had to be self-reliant, independent and require little or no nursing care. Today, most residents require high levels of personal care.”
Phill said to maintain the hostel’s high standard of care, it needed a major refurbishment. “This will meet the needs of the current and future community,” he said.
The first stage of the project will create two extra rooms overall however will increase the size of current rooms, giving them a much-needed refurbishment.
The second stage in the future will create a community hub and the final stage, another 22 bed wing.
There are also plans to eventually build more independent living units.
When completed, the facility will be state-of-the-art.
“What sets us apart from many other facilities is the quality of our care,” Phill said. “But this redevelopment will have facilities second to none.”