The community has helped fund the refurbishment of the dining room at Laurina Lodge Aged Care in Heyfield with over $54,000 in donations.

Revamping the dining room was the final stage in the initial redevelopment of the facility that included the refurbishment of 22 residential rooms. This stage of the project was also self-financed by Laurina Lodge.

Central Gippsland Health (CGH) Chief Executive Officer, Mark Dykgraaf, said the ongoing community commitment to its local aged care facility was making a positive difference in the lives of its residents.

“We are truly grateful for the community support,” Mr Dykgraaf said. “It goes beyond a coat of paint where modern, well-lit, airy spaces provide a certain level of comfort and a welcoming place to gather.”

Now all 51 rooms will be brought up to standard with $1,447,000 million received from the Aged Care Approval Rounds funding program that will be used to refurbish the remaining 29 rooms.

The works will include air conditioning in every room and new floor coverings.

“This will ensure the facility continues to meet the needs of the community into the future,” Mr Dykgraaf said.

“It’s a great example of just what we can do when we combine the generous efforts of community fundraising with government support.”


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