Methven Care Trust - Methven Care Trust launched to fundraise for new aged care home

Methven Care Trust launched to fundraise for new aged care home

Plans to build a new aged care facility for Methven are racing ahead.

Methven Care Trust (MCT) was registered this month as a charity which will allow us to seek funding from a range of government, business and community grants.

The trust wants to develop a new aged care facility to replace 90-year old Methven House which currently offers 13 rest home beds for Methven’s elderly, as well as four senior’s flats.

Methven House has operated as a community-run rest home for nearly 40 years, but our existing building is rapidly coming to the end of its useable life.

Originally designed as the town’s maternity hospital, increasing operational costs, new earthquake strengthening requirements and the changing needs of elderly people mean the current building may no longer be viable within five years.

The trust proposes a new facility with 20 bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms) as well as a common lounge, dining area and kitchen for stage one of the development. There will be a mix of premium and standard size rest home rooms. We may add dementia care beds in stage two, alongside self contained ‘licence to occupy’ and ‘rental’ units connected to the main facility.

Methven Care Trust is spearheading the fundraising campaign and will oversee the build of the new facility, to be located on land donated by the Lochhead Trust within the Camrose subdivision. Ideally we’d like to start building within three to four years, but this will be dependent on funding.

Our inaugural trustees have been drawn from the Methven and Foothills communities and include representatives from our farming, business and town communities; Joanna Suyker (Chairperson), Colin Lill, Ian Totty, Ronnie Smith and Janine Holland.

As well as receiving charitable trust status, the trust has progressed design planning for the facility. Norman Oakley of Oakley Gray Architects has been commissioned to produce concept drawings of what the new aged care building could look like. Mr Oakley will meet the trustees before Christmas to confirm a design brief with the intention of producing concept drawings in the first quarter of 2015. The trustees recently toured several Christchurch rest homes to educate ourselves about aged care needs and appropriate design options for the new facility.

We are also close to launching the Methven Care Trust logo which has been designed especially for us by Janine Peters of Designamite Graphic Design. The logo will be unveiled on our first on-site sign which should be erected in the next fortnight. If you’re driving around town to look at Christmas lights, head to Alma Place to check out this awesome logo and familiarise yourself with the future home of Methven’s new care facility.

Anyone wanting further information about the Methven Care Trust (MCT) or keen to help with fundraising in 2015 can contact MCT trustee and secretary Janine Holland on ph 302 9343 or jrholland@xtra.co.nz



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