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MORE BEDS FOR THE SOUTHERN GOLD COAST 16 March 2005

Older Australians living in McPherson will benefit from 92 new residential aged care places, Federal Member for McPherson Margaret May announced today.

Sixty-four of these high care places have been allocated to Mudgeeraba Nursing Home and twenty-eight to Hill View House - Merrimac.

Margaret May said: "Construction is well underway at McPherson's newest aged care facility, Hill View House - Merrimac at Gooding Drive. Once its operational it will have a total of 128 beds, 85 high and 43 low care beds offering world class care to residents living on the southern Gold Coast.

"Hill View House - Merrimac will provide comprehensive services including full nursing services with Registered Nurses 24 hours a day, physiotherapy, speech pathology, dietetics/nutrition and podiatry. Also residents if they wish are able to retain their own medical practitioners.

"It is an innovative, purpose-built, quality fitted-out facility and has been designed with the needs of residents in mind. It will offer excellent resources, such as dementia-specific places and dementia respite (for more complex care), address community carer needs, palliative care, hospital-in-the-nursing-home and post-acute care.

"The four level building includes individually temperature controlled, single-ensuited rooms, accommodation for couples and visiting relatives and also two shared rooms to meet all needs.

"Merrimac Primary School is located right next door and I think its wonderful that its planned for residents and pupils to intermingle.

"Hillview House - Merrimac will also have a multi-purpose function centre that will serve as a movie theatre, a concert hall, a chapel and a large party room depending on the day. This venue will also be made available for use by local community groups. In addition to quality activities programs, there will also be hairdressing and a spa.

"Accommodation and staffing enquiries can be directed to Hill View House - Ashmore on 5597 0422 or email enquiries@hillviewhouse.com.au.

"I'm pleased that aged care providers in McPherson have responded to the Government's decision to make a record number of residential places available. The southern Gold Coast has over 21,000 residents aged over 65 and these additional aged care places will help meet the care needs of the region", Margaret said.