Old folks home receives funding for facility upgrades

FUNDING: Wami Kata Old Folks Home has received a one-off government grant to upgrade and improve its facilities
FUNDING: Wami Kata Old Folks Home has received a one-off government grant to upgrade and improve its facilities

Wami Kata Old Folks Home has received over $170,000 in government funding this week as part of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program.

The funding will go towards upgrades for the facility which will include all minor capital work.

Manager Mandy Chapman said the funding will help improve the quality of life for residents who will be able to enjoy a much more upgraded facility. 

“The grant will go towards things that we need that we can’t afford in our every day funding,” she said.

Ms Chapman said the money is being used to reseal the road which leads into the facility and to fix the curbing out front which has been a tripping hazard. 

The bathroom has also been recently re-fitted, a new kitchen has been installed as well as new flooring and asbestos removal.

The craft room where a lot of the residents spend their time has been upgraded and a new palliative care hut has been built on the grounds to accommodate family when a resident is nearing the end of their life.