10 December 2018

Dementia specific care to become more accessible in the Maranoa region

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More people living with dementia in the Maranoa region will be able to remain close to their loved ones and support networks, as their condition progresses, with Pinaroo Roma Inc. having recently received a hand up to make dementia specific residential care more accessible.

The 60-bed not-for-profit aged care facility, managed by the Rotary Club of Roma, will put a $250,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland towards the conversion of an existing wing into a second secure dementia specific wing, to accommodate 11 additional dementia residents.

Pinaroo Roma Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ian Murphy said the grant would help to ensure the ongoing sustainability of aged care in the regional community.

“Our current 12-bed dementia wing has had 100% occupancy since 2013, plus we currently have 15 people on our waiting list, so this second dementia wing, will make all the difference – allowing us to care for a total of 23 residents with the cognitive illness,” Ian said.

“Over the years many locals have had no option but to move far away from their loved ones and community, to access dementia specific residential care, due to a lack of local services. With an ageing population and dementia rates on the rise, this would only have gotten worse. We are pleased that as a result of this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket, we’ll be able to finally address this issue and ensure more residents are able to stay in Roma,” he said.

The converted wing will have 11 private single rooms, each with an ensuite. A lounge room, meals area and landscaped gardens will help to give the wing a homely feel, while being fully secure with key pad access.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said this was the first Significant Grant for the Maranoa region, due in part to the local Freemasons, who were vocal supporters of this initiative.

“Our focus is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes for charitable organisations that have limited access to other funding sources, so we thank the Freemasons of Roma for the role they played in highlighting this regional issue,” Gary said.

“Efforts to provide more dementia specific places in a regional community such as Roma, aligns with our values which are about empowering people to lead better lives. Plus, initiatives that improve the quality of life of the ageing population forms part of our long-term strategic focus.”

“We are proud to partner with Pinaroo Roma Inc. to ensure more dementia specific care places are accessible to South West Queenslanders,” he said.

Photo: Pinaroo Roma Inc. will be able to accommodate more dementia residents in a safe and comfortable space, with Hand Heart Pocket providing a $250,000 Significant Grant towards the conversion of an existing wing into a second dementia specific wing.

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