The official unveiling today of the redeveloped Mooroopna Place Residential Aged Care Service showcases how innovative design can strengthen high standards of care, choice, and autonomy.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, welcomed the reopening of the facility, which now comprises a 60-bed Campbell Court wing and the 40-bed Varapodio Way wing. Operated by Shepparton Villages, these wings opened to residents in February and April 2021 respectively.
The Mooroopna Place redevelopment incorporates 15 residential places allocated through the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round.
“Facilities like Mooroopna Place offer peace-of-mind for those people who make the difficult decision to move into residential care – somewhere where they can stay socially connected and independent while receiving high standards of care,” Mr Drum said.
“This is a great day for Shepparton Villages, for the staff and for the Mooroopna community. But most of all, it is a great day for the people who call Mooroopna Place home.”
“The Federal Government continues to recognise and understand how important it is to meet the needs of residents across the Nicholls electorate as they age.”
In 2019-20, the Federal Government provided a total of $21.6 million to aged care provider Shepparton Villages to deliver aged care services, ensuring the needs of older Australians across the region continue to be met.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the Mooroopna Place upgrade ensured the needs of older Australians across the Goulburn Valley continued to be met.
“The Mooroopna Place project is a shining example of what can be achieved when care, comfort and dignity is at the heart of aged care design,” Mr Colbeck said.
“Shifting into residential aged care is a significant decision, but with personalised and individual care – exemplified through this design and implementation – the decision to transition into residential aged care becomes an easier one.”
The designers of Mooroopna Place aimed to create a home away from home, featuring bright open spaces, single rooms with ensuites, and plenty of break-out lounge and activity areas.
Other features include a wellness centre, hairdressing salon, visitor lounges with facilities for overnight stays, a private dining area for family meals and functions, and a bar for regular happy hours.
Shepparton Villages’ president Mike Hall said the Mooroopna Place redevelopment was part of the Board’s strategy to provide state-of-the-art care and accommodation for elderly people in the region.
“Mooroopna residents rightly deserve a home that meets modern facilities that contribute to making residential care a home like environment,” Mr Hall said.
Shepparton Villages’ chief executive Veronica Jamison paid tribute to staff, residents and their families for their cooperation and support during the 18-month construction phase.
“It hasn’t been easy for residents and staff as the original Mooroopna residents were relocated during the Mooroopna Place build which was a huge logistical task. The understanding and patience showed by everyone was incredible and made the whole project run as smoothly as possible, given that most of the build occurred during the COVID-19 lockdown period,” Ms Jamison said.
The two wings of Mooroopna Place have been named after Santo Varapodio OAM and Barry Campbell – both life members of Shepparton Villages who were passionate drivers of the original Mooroopna building more than 30 years ago.