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Berri’s aged care boost

Senior citizensThe Riverland community is set to benefit from a new state-of-the-art aged care facility in Berri, supported by a $900,000 Regional Development Fund grant.

Mary MacKillop Care SA will undertake the $16 million project to construct an aged care service specifically designed to enhance its residents’ quality of life and care needs. The development will include a 50-bed residential facility.

Chairman of Mary MacKillop Care SA Mr Jim Birch said the aim is for residents to remain engaged with and connected to their local community… so that their lives are enriched while living with us.

“With the support of the Regional Development Fund we will be able to assist Riverland families to stay local,” said Mr Birch.

“One of the core objectives of this project is to provide facilities and training for young people, as well as the capacity to undertake research on living and ‘quality of life’ preferences for older people.

“This will integrate the opportunities for youth employment and aged care into the region, and show that aged care can be innovative and exciting.”

The facility is focused on keeping elderly couples together and providing independence for single people, while maintaining links to residential and community care. It will also feature facilities for research and education.

The project will create 47 ongoing full time jobs at the new facility in addition to over 200 jobs during construction.

Mary MacKillop Care is a mission focused, charitable organisation offering residential aged care, community care and disability services.

The Regional Development Fund (RDF) drives economic growth through grants to boost investment in regional infrastructure and the creation of jobs in South Australia.

According to independent analysis, projects awarded grants through Rounds 1 and 2 of the RDF created more than 2000 regional jobs and contributed about $930 million to the SA economy in 2015-16.

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