HANDYMAN: Ridgehaven Retirement Complex's unofficial maintenance officer, Chris Pattie, works on a bed in the new shed.
HANDYMAN: Ridgehaven Retirement Complex's unofficial maintenance officer, Chris Pattie, works on a bed in the new shed. Contributed

Monto aged care home granted funds for handy upgrade

THIS year has been one of renewal for Ridgehaven Retirement Complex in Monto.

Earlier this year, Ridgehaven was announced as the beneficiary of more than $450,000 in upgrades under the Federal Government's Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme.

The funds were used to refurbish the kitchen, bathrooms, and install a solar system to reduce the centre's energy bill.

Now, thanks to a grant from the Community Gambling Benefit Fund, a dual-purpose maintenance and storage shed has been installed on the premises.

Care manager Tracey Pattie said the team was excited by its latest acquisition.

"(The shed) will enhance our ability to meet the continued physical and mobility needs of the residents living in both the retirement complex and the community independent living units that are managed by Aged Care Monto,” Mrs Pattie said.

Ridgehaven Retirement Complex's new storage/maintenance shed.
Ridgehaven Retirement Complex's new storage/maintenance shed. Contributed

The shed is near the laundry, and accessibility was key in deciding where it would be built..

Construction of the shed began in March by Con-X-Steel Gin Gin, owned by former Monto resident Gary Delisser.

Ridgehaven is still in the process of moving inessential equipment into the shed's storage area, which will free up more space in the complex for meetings and diversional therapy.


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