A $100 million master plan is expected to make Lyndoch Living the jewel in the crown for aged care in the region.
Lyndoch Living CEO Doreen Power said the plan, which would be completed over eight years, would mean investment in a primary health care centre that would have at least 22 general practitioners.
“It’s going to be like a one-stop-shop here,” she said.
Ms Power was joined by aged care providers from around the region for a round table discussion with the Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt and Wannon MP Dan Tehan.
She said the organisation had done a lot of work to engage the community and bring them into Lyndoch.
“We’ve changed the face of Lyndoch and so what we’re seeing is that we will have a one-stop-shop… with GPs and allied health,” she said.
“It’s not only about our aged care... It’s for our community, so the community... are going to be encouraged to come in and see the doctor.
“What we’re also doing is refurbishing all of our faculties and making it really state-of-the-art.
“I travel down the road everyday to Lyndoch and I see this building that looks so horrible. It’s old. It’s very medical. It’s very much old style aged care.”
Ms Power said the redevelopment would take in the natural landscape, including the sea, to make it more connected.
She said the residents would also be kept up to date on what was happening.
“It’s also about our residents because this is their home and we will be pulling down buildings and moving residents into new facilities,” she said. Ms Power said the response from the community had been very positive.
“Lyndoch has been known as an old peoples home and what we’re trying to do is change that,” she said.
“To say, yes Lyndoch is about caring for your relatives...but it’s about living well.” Mr Wyatt said the concerns raised in discussion ranged from having the right workforce to meet future demands to ensuring individuals received the best care for them.
He said the development planned for Lyndoch would serve the community extremely well with a combination of health facilities and aged care living.