Esperance aged care home seeks funding to reopen services
Esperance Aged Care Facility in WA is seeking funding from Esperance Shire Council to reopen one of its wings for low-needs residents.
The home has 20 of its 94 aged care beds empty, despite several older people who should be there instead taking up beds in the town’s hospital; it is now asking for $27,000 out of a $150,000 donation Council received from mining company IGO in 2020 in order to restart services.
In a letter to Council, Esperance Aged Care Facility CEO Dr Ed Rhode said the funding would go to new mattresses and renovation works.
The home previously received funding from the Federal Government in 2018 to build a 32-bed extension. Council is set to make its decision on 24 May.
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