CEDUNA Hospital and Village Auxiliary is looking to progress with upgrades to the northern wing of the Far West Retirement Village.
The auxiliary, together with the Ceduna District Health Services Health Advisory Council, has been providing money to renovate the northern wing, which first opened in 1972.
The plan is to upgrade the 12 single rooms in the wing in stages, working on two rooms at a time and turning single bathrooms into a shared bathroom.
Two rooms have already been upgraded and are occupied, which was due to nearly $50,000 from the advisory council and the auxiliary.
Auxiliary secretary/treasurer Janet Jacobsen said the goal was to raise enough money to ensure the remaining rooms could meet the standards for aged care residential living.
“This (retirement village) was built as an independent retirement home and now is an aged care facility where (most) residents are dependent on full time care,” she said.
There is enough funding to move on with upgrading another two rooms, however the auxiliary will make a push to obtain more to move on with the remaining four stages.
The Village Room Upgrade Working Group, made up of village staff and a representative each from the advisory council, auxiliary and the community, will decide when work on the next stage will begin.
Mrs Jacobsen said the working group wanted to make sure there was no work left undone, including replacing the original wardrobes and making the doorways wider.
“The Health Advisory Committee and the auxiliary are working together to provide funding so the rooms can be used,” she said.
Mrs Jacobsen said the farming committee could contribute through the auxiliary’s National Grain Register card, which involves donating grain to be sold.