Work begins on $12m nursing home
By JANELLE McLENNAN email@example.com WORK has started on the new $12 million Cedars Nursing Home at Casino.
The 64-bed nursing home, owned and operated by Frank Whiddon Masonic Homes, will be built in two stages, with the entire project expected to be completed by January, 2009.
Stage one features a two-storey nursing home incorporating 20 twin rooms with en suites, 24 single rooms with en suites, a full kitchen, dining rooms and extensive lounge areas on both floors, activities and recreational rooms, a state-of-the-art nurse call system, and fully-landscaped gardens with gazebos.
It is scheduled for completion by August next year, when the residents will be moved out of the existing nursing home and into the new facility.
Stage two of the project will begin immediately after the residential wing is finished. It will include the demolition of the current nursing home and construction of new office areas, staff amenities, a family room, activities areas, car parking area and maintenance and storage sheds.
The Cedars Nursing Home is a community nursing home which provides services to the whole Casino community.
The new nursing home is being built on land adjoining the current facility, which had to be replaced because it lacked sufficient space and was in need of an upgrade, according to Cedars Nursing Home director of care services, Matthew Ashby.
"The existing nursing home was built in 1984 and has 10, five-bed wards," Mr Ashby said.
"Five-bed wards are a thing of the past. They are no longer considered appropriate."
The existing building could not be altered in line with the Government's requirements, particularly with the residents living on-site.
"The new nursing home will have modern, state-of-the-art facilities to match the quality of care that our staff has always provided," Mr Ashby said.