UNITINGCare administrators will return to Orange in December to present a new concept design of Wontama to residents, staff and community stakeholders following an overhaul of the multimillion dollar planned upgrade design.
When the concept of the upgrade was announced three years ago and a new management team appointed to oversee the transition to a new model of care for elderly residents, UnitingCare managers heralded the change as an “inspired care” model.
Last month director of UnitingCare Ageing Steve Teulan met with staff, residents and stakeholders in Orange to explain the changes to the plans designed to increase privacy for residents, incorporate larger recreation areas and generally make the design more efficient to capture the natural sunlight.
At the time those who met with Mr Teulan were told the delay to settling on a design and resubmitting a development application to Orange City Council would delay the starting date but not the finishing date of the multi-million dollar project.
“While we understand this may be a disappointment to the community it is imperative that this redevelopment is appropriate to meet not only current needs of the community but also as our population ages,” Mr Teulan said in September.
While the new plans are being developed Wontama is undergoing an upgrade of the existing building for the safety and wellbeing of clients as they wait for a new upgraded nursing home.
When UnitingCare Ageing bosses announced their original concept plan three years ago it was revealed the plans would involve a concept where 15 patients were cared for in a pod-like environment in contrast to the larger wards which are currently in existence.
It is claimed despite the starting date for the project being delayed so a new development application can be submitted, it will not alter completion time with the project to be built all in one stage instead of the two-stage model originally planned.
Calare Nursing Home owned by Allity is to be replaced with a new aged care facility in Forest Road opposite the hospital and it will be named Gosling Creek, with building to start in the new year.