Upgrades on the way for Grant Lodge in Bacchus Marsh, VIC

Grant Lodge, a public aged care home in Bacchus Marsh northwest of Melbourne, is receiving an extra $3.75 million in funding to add private bedrooms and bathrooms for all residents.

The Victorian Government has granted the additional funding for modernisation and upgrades, which will also include making the building more dementia-friendly and better able to handle mental health needs, on top of $5.5 million from the state’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund in 2021.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines (pictured, far left) says the revamped home will offer a “modern, safe and comfortable place to call home as well as a safe and efficient workplace for staff”.

“This funding will mean Western Health can deliver the best possible care in a comfortable and modern facility that residents deserve,” he said.

Steve McGhie (second from left), MP for Melton, added:

“This new and bigger facility will mean our hardworking healthcare workers can continue to give older Victorians in Bacchus Marsh the best possible care in the best possible environment.”

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A special thanks to our contributors

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.