$20m aged-care home for Muswellbrook

Nanjing Night Net

 NEW $20million aged-care home in Muswellbrook is set to help ease accommodation pressure for the elderly and create jobs in the town.

Little Company of Mary, the company that runs Calvary Mater Hospital, has announced it will buy 3.4hectares of Muswellbrook Council’s Brennan Park land to build a 92-place aged-care community.

The new complex will include 60 hostel and nursing home places and 32 independent living units.

The announcement is also set to solve a problem facing Hunter New England Health about where to put 10 aged-care patients in Muswellbrook Hospital who are to be displaced in October by construction of a new emergency department.

The Newcastle Herald reported in February the hospital’s medical staff council objected to both evicting the elderly patients and using some of the hospital’s few general ward beds to accommodate them.

However the residents will still likely have to spend the next two to three years in an adapted general ward at the hospital while the Brennan Park aged-care centre is designed, approved and built.

The Brennan Park centre will also take in 35 residents from Little Company of Mary’s Mt Providence aged-care hostel in the town.

Little Company of Mary aged-care national director Paul Bradley said the company had not yet decided what would happen to Mt Providence and it was in discussions with their landlord, the local Catholic parish about its fate.

In the meantime, Muswellbrook Hospital aged-care patients will be offered places at Mt Providence, on a case by case basis, as they become available.

Mr Bradley said because of laws related to admissions he could not guarantee hospital residents a place at Brennan Park but it was likely they would all be eligible.

The new Brennan Park aged care centre will also include a base for community care outreach services and associated community spaces.

The development is also subject to due diligence and approvals.