SLEEPING just got comfier at Wharparilla Lodge with the arrival of 92 new beds and mattresses.
Director of care services Jackie Griffiths said the new beds would make life easier for residents and staff.
‘‘The beds lower to the floor which is suitable for residents of high care needs,’’ she said.
‘‘In the past residents would have to be moved to adjust mattresses. Now nurses can plug the pump in, without having to remove the patient.
‘‘We also found that incoming residents were used to a bigger bed, so the upgrade from single to king-single beds means that everyone has more room.’’
For the residents of Wharparilla Lodge, the beds are fantastic.
Iris Taylor said the new additions have been warmly welcomed by all.
‘‘It’s wonderful, the mattress is excellent.’’ she said.
‘‘I slept right through the night which is a change.
‘‘There’s been an overall improvement and the staff have been very obliging in the transition.’’
The beds were made possible under the Federal Government’s funded higher accommodation supplement scheme which requires nursing homes to spend at least $25,000 per resident on refurbishment upgrades to receive ongoing increased funding.
Echuca Community for the Aged chief executive Colin Price said the bed investment (worth $450,000) was not the end of the upgrades.
‘‘We have installed a new computer system and information TV screens in the resident’s dining rooms.’’ he said.
‘‘We are going to re-carpet the original Wharparilla Lodge building and add pergolas to three of the resident courtyards.’’
If you are interested in buying one of the old beds, you can contact the lodge on 54805000. The leftover beds will be donated to charity through the Rotary Club.