Promising start to aged care

CHIEF executive officer of Southern Cross Care, John Ireland, was in Casino yesterday to keep apromise he made to the Mercy Sisters seven years ago.

He told the nuns in 2003 when Southern Cross Care took over St Michael’s Nursing Home andHostel in Casino that he would rebuild the facility in five years.

It has taken seven years, but construction finally started yesterday on the new $14 million state-of-the-art aged care facility.

“I’m two years behind schedule, but to theircredit the nuns have never rebuked me over thedelay,” Mr Ireland said with a laugh.

“But in my defence I have been fairly busy.”

To be built on the site of the existing nursing home and hostel, the new aged care facility willbe constructed in stages over two years so allresidents can remain at St Michael’s.

It will have three levels – basement, ground and first storey – and will have 73 aged care apartments, including a dementia care unit in two wings.

These will eventually be joined to become one building.



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