$11m facelift for nursing home
By DAWN COHEN
DOROTHY RAYNER'S dream is a room of her own by the time she is 87.
The 86-year-old resident of St Andrew's Village in Ballina shares a room with two other women.
Ms Rayner will get a single room when the first stage of an $11 million renovation of the retirement village and nursing home is completed next year.
"A single room would be nice," said the former Casino nurse.
"I was cranky at first when I had to leave my apartment.
"You have to fit in with the other girls, and it's usually fine, but you have to mix in your different ways. I love rock'n'roll and classical music, but I don't like too much loud noise."
The four-stage building project will incorporate 20 new high-care beds allocated under age care funding to the non-profit facility, said Phillip Carter, chief executive officer.
When complete, eight of the 60 single high-care rooms with pri- vate en suites can be rearranged into two-bed rooms with a joint lounge for couples or friends.
A new kitchen, chapel, activities room, security system and library are also planned.
In the final stage of the development, renovation of the apartment area will include new dining and activity rooms.
The whole project is expected to be completed in 2007.
Meanwhile, Ms Rayner is supervising construction from her bedroom window.
"It is something to look at," she said. "I would not want their job. It is hard work."
Dorothy Rayner, left, and registered nurse Gillain Writer inspect the building works.