MEATH Care is responding to the increase need for aged facilities by redeveloping its Como location.
The $35 million redevelopment of the site will increase the number of beds from 64 to 130 beds and upgrade the clubrooms.
Cooper and Oxley Construction were successful in getting the tender for the project, with part of the site already being demolished and the redevelopment set to be completed in mid to late 2019.
Meath Care chief executive Olive Wright said when the organisation took control of the site in 2000 it was a lovely facility but more suited to low care residents.
“There was research done and the board approved a rebuild of the site,” she said.
“The facility will be named after our chairman Michael Lee, who has been with us for 20 years.
“In the past we’ve looked after people who just needed assistance with housework and didn’t need a nurse but now we have nurses 24/7.
Mrs Wright said Meath Care had relocated some residents as part of the facility that included 26 beds had been knocked down.
“I think the redevelopment is going to have positive impact because there is a growing need for secure care and frail-aged care,” she said.
“One in three people who come to us have some level of dementia; some are confused while others would wonder out without help.
“It will be good for the community because there will be employment opportunities for students coming out of university.”