Ballan District Health & Care is a registered charity, owned by its Association. As part of our vision to be a dynamic leader in rural health care, we are engaged in a number of projects aimed at the delivery of high quality integrated health and wellbeing services.
Memory Support Unit Sunroom
Ballan District Health & Care is home to over 60 aged care residents. Ten of these residents live in the memory support unit, which is staffed by a specialist team, trained to care for people with dementia. Within the memory support unit, we provide loving and gentle care, one-on-one and group activities as well as nursing, personal care and medical support.
This project involves creating additional living space within the unit through the construction of a sunroom that will be accessible via double doors from the existing sitting / dining area.
The proposed sunroom will:
- open up 20% more living space for residents living in the memory support unit;
- admit more natural light into the unit;
- improve the flow of fresh air into the unit;
- enable puzzles, drawings & activities to remain in place at mealtimes; and will
- offer more privacy, seating and conversational options during family visits.
The project has the generous support of the Collier Charitable Fund, but additional funds are required before work can commence.
To make an enquiry about this project or to make a donation, please email or telephone our PR & Fundraising Manager on (03) 5369 1100.
Completed in 2017 – Kitchen Refurbishment
The Ballan District Health & Care kitchen prepares more than 2,000 meals a week. It caters for patients, aged care residents and all the children attending the Ballan Childcare Centre. It cooks a weekly meal for the Ballan Senior Citizens Centre and prepares meals for community members who depend on Meals on Wheels.
The kitchen’s menus are dietitian-designed and cater for complex allergies. Our food is cooked from scratch, suits both children and those over 65 and is prepared with lots of skill, laughter and country-style generosity.
The kitchen refurbishment:
- doubled our cooking capacity from approximately 2,000 meals a week to approximately 4,000 meals a week;
- facilitates multiple cooking types (i.e. half steaming, half convention & full convection);
- permits cooking beyond core services (e.g. baking goods for our opportunity shop’s community espresso bar);
- increases our capacity to meet demand for Meals on Wheels; and will
- improves the physical work environment for kitchen staff
We are grateful to the catering staff and to all the businesses and individuals who donated funds to refurbish the BDHC kitchen.
Special thanks to the residents (for their patience) and to the Victorian Government, the Grosvenor Foundation and to everyone who supported the 2016 Love is in the Air fundraiser, especially Mark and Ruth Mills and the team from The Plough @ Myrniong.