Housing hopes for Springsure
ADEQUATE intermediate housing is on the way for Springsure's elderly population thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers.
The Ivy Anderson Home Committee, chaired by Central Highlands Deputy Mayor Gail Nixon, has catered and fundraised its way to garner more than $200,000 towards an eight-unit facility.
Cr Nixon said the Ivy Anderson Home would provide assisted living for those who required more help than they could get at home, but did not need to be admitted to hospital.
It allowed people to be cared for in their community surrounded by family and friends.
"This intermediate home that we are building is for those people that... need a little bit of extra care," she said.
"It will be an assisted-living care, which means that there will be a nurse on duty there 24/7.
"One of the reasons we wanted it is to keep the families together. I think that is one of the main ingredients to their mental well-being, having their families with them."
Mrs Nixon said, while Springsure's elderly population was well catered-for, the home would both fill a void and collaborate with existing services.
"We will be negotiating with the hospital to provide Meals on Wheels, so we will be looking to utilise that service and keep our hospital sustainable," Cr Nixon said.
She said the committee also had a close liaison with the Home and Community Care and Springsure and District Aged Care Group.
The Ivy Anderson home will carry eight independent living units, a nurses quarters, kitchen, recreational area, have wheelchair access and a large covered area and garden to be shared with residents of the 28 independent living units next door.
Mrs Nixon projected the home would be operating "within the next couple of years", but would rely on government funding.
"The plan has gone to council, and they are just getting the business ready to present to the government for funding," she said.
"We have been raising funds for probably two-and-a-half years, and there's also another group of people who began raising funds and they have $80,000 in a bank account that will go towards the house."