The first two stages of a multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Maungaturoto’s Riverview Rest Home and retirement village are underway with contractors now on-site undertaking extensive preparations for what will become a 14-bed dementia unit.
The current project spearheads a planned $4 million development project, which Maungaturoto Community Charitable Trust chair, Don McKay says is “a project for the community, by the community” with plans for further facilities also underway.
These are expected to evolve into hospital care level as well as wider rest home accommodation.
“We are well on our way now, with fundraising continuing, to realise a plan that involves us all to care for our people,” he said.
Plans originally were for the construction of Stage One as an eight-bed dementia unit, but planning has been refined to begin a combined Stage One and Two project, adding an additional six beds.
An ageing population has placed an increased demand on the rest home facilities.
“The number of people needing residential dementia care outstrips population growth, and demand for dementia services is predicted to grow by seven per cent each year. We are in a position where we are having to turn prospective clients away. And our challenge is to effectively meet increasing demands,” said Mr McKay.
Updating kitchen dining and lounge facilities and exercise areas are all part of the project, which will be financed both commercially and through local fundraising. As well as bank finance, the trust is inviting financial commitment in the form of direct donations, unsecured loans and bequests, and there is an ongoing garage sale project run from the former Scout den in Bickerstaffe Road that has already raised tens of thousands of dollars from donated goods. “At present, the nearest dementia units are at Waipu, Whangarei and Dargaville. The development of a secure and stable dementia unit in Maungaturoto will allow local families to stay together for longer and provide welcome respite care to relieve caring families.”