Aged Care for the Lorne community has been given a facelift with a refurbishment of the Lorne Community Hospital’s (LCH) aged care facilities.

More than 40 people attended the official opening of the hospital’s aged care unit, which was held earlier this week.

The main improvements to the unit are an increased number of single rooms, the addition of a café/kitchen for the use of residents, as well as the construction of a glassed-in balcony for increased outdoor use.

The $560,000 investment was supported by $200,000 in funding from the Lorne Op Shop, which is a regular supporter of the hospital’s services and infrastructure.

The design of the refurbishment was driven by focus-group input from staff, residents and their families, along with potential future residents.

It incorporates many elements of dementia-friendly design, along with incorporating features to support those who are becoming visually challenged.

LCH Board of Management president Dr Damien Smith officially opened the upgrade aged care unit at a ceremony in the centre’s dining room on Monday afternoon.

The aged care unit offers a range of services and activities programs, including physiotherapy, podiatry a dietician, speech therapy, and palliative care.

LCH also offers a respite service for the elderly, either privately or under aged care government funding.

By James Taylor

SurfCoast Times