Nod given for Hokitika rest home expansion

By Janna Sherman
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A $1.5 million upgrade has finally been confirmed for the Hokitika rest home.
The expansion will create 12 new beds at Allen Bryant Lifecare. It was approved on Monday by the board of Wellington-based owner, Ultimate Care Group.
General manager of operations Ron Spraggon said they were now looking at detailed plans.
The plans include upgrades to the kitchen and laundry service areas to accommodate the increased bed numbers from 46 to 58.
Mr Spraggon said they were undecided if the beds would be used for rest home, hospital or dementia care.
Design work would begin next week.
“After that we will be at the drawing board ... and all going to plan we hope to start work in the latter part of the year.”
Hokitika’s only rest home has been at capacity for some time and some Hokitika residents have had to go into care in Greymouth rest homes while they wait for a vacancy in their hometown.
Ultimate Care Group first announced expansion plans to meet the demand three years ago.
In early 2012, the old Kaniere Electric building in Weld Street, alongside the rest home, was demolished to make way for the extension.
Early this year Mr Spraggon said a restructure of shareholders within the company had contributed to the delay.
“It has been a bit of of a drawn out process but we finally got there.”