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Karori refurbishment complete

St John of God Karori recently hosted a community event to celebrate the conclusion of the $2.7m Seismic Strengthening and Refurbishment programme.

31 October 2019

The programme of works commenced in April 2019 and involved substantial remedial works to the building foundations as well as a number of improvements to the building.

Along with a dedicated gym and improved living configuration and working environment, the project resulted in two new respite rooms and two new rooms for permanent residents.

 The community event was attended by more than 50 family and community members, including colleagues from ACC and the CCDHB, as well as Mayor Justin Lester.

A blessing of the reopened facility was performed by Archdiocese Vicar General Mgr Gerard Burns and accompanied by waiata and performances by caregivers and residents of St John of God Karori.

St John of God Karori resident Ross said it was great to be back in the renewed spaces.

"It feels like home again, and all so fresh and nice to be here,” he said.

Northern Regional Manager of Health and Ability Services Stewart Clark said the programme also represented an important step forward in organisation and coordination of care for people living with a disability.

“The refurbished space now provides us with an opportunity to deliver care in smaller teams, operating in closer proximity to resident rooms,” Mr Clark said.

"Our Model of Care is very much focused on supporting residents to live an enriching and fulfilling life, and we are all pleased with the results of the refurbishment that will help us to better support the people who choose to live with us.”

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