A Marshall Liberal Government will develop aged accommodation and services for Strathalbyn and the surrounding area.
This commitment includes an investment in the Kalimna Hostel that would see the community decide its future – either open it again for accommodation for the aged or transform it into an aged allied health centre.
We will also build a new 24-bed nursing home at to boost the aged care services in the region which is growing – but also ageing.
Kalimna Hostel on the Strathalbyn Hospital site has been providing aged care at Strathalbyn from the early 1980s until January 2017 when the Weatherill Labor Government closed the facility without consulting the local community.
Since its closure, a community working group has identified a range of options for use of the Kalimna facility, focusing primarily on the best way to utilise the 24-bed licenses previously used at Kalimna.
This group also highlighted the growing demand for residential aged care in the area and recommended that a 36-bed nursing home be built on the western side of Strathalbyn Hospital.
Making sure we meet the growing demand for aged care accommodation means better health outcomes for older people and less pressure on local hospitals.
That’s why we will invest in aged care accommodation in Strathalbyn.