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Aged care services discussed at regional aged care meeting

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District Mayors, Aged Care Providers, as well as District Health Board and Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) representatives met on Tuesday to look at aged care services currently provided and proposals that have been mooted for the West Coast. The objective was to have an awareness and develop a strategy to fill gaps and needs for West Coast residents going forward.

There are two distinct sectors in aged care service. Those that are providing levels of care, residential hospital dementia such as Dixon House, Granger House, O’Conor Home and those that have been looking to provide what has been identified as a gap in the market, independent living facilities i.e. retirement villages. The outcome from the meeting was that given the geographic low population spread of the West Coast, there will be developments required for independent living facilities up and down the coast. This is too allow residents the choice and option of living out their retirement years on the coast and these development proposals may go forward to Provincial Growth Fund on the basis of commercial loan applications.

Those providing aged care services will be supported with Provincial Growth Fund applications on the basis of a grant as they are not for profit organisations owned by community trusts.

Further work in developing a West Coast aged care strategy is going to be undertaken by a smaller group of industry players over the forth coming weeks.

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