Cobram aged bed numbers to increase

By Cobram Courier

The construction of 100 aged care places in Cobram on Campbell Rd will go ahead.

It is expected to be completed in the next two years after Federal Government funding has been approved.

Bentley Wood Health and Aged Care Group directors Brian Fitzpatrick and Terry Hall on Friday said the organisation had been successful in its application for the development, which would be called Bentley Wood Cobram.

Bentley Wood operates aged care homes at Myrtleford, Yarrawonga and is building a facility in Bright.

Mr Fitzpatrick said the local development would be a state-of-the-art aged care facility, consisting of 100 single ensuited rooms, large living and garden areas to provide all levels of care, including dementia and respite care.

‘‘We find that respite provides a much needed relief for carers at home and makes the transition to future permanent care easier if and/or when that time may arrive,’’ he said.

‘‘The facility will be an economic boost to Cobram providing employment opportunities for 120 staff.’’

Mr Fitzpatrick said the development would use local suppliers and trades people throughout the build and in future operations.

Mr Fitzpatrick and Mr Hall were pleased to get this project started as soon as possible, anticipating the development to be completed in the next two years.

Bentley Wood will hold public information sessions during the year, which Mr Fitzpatrick said would be advertised at a later date.