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Kiewa Valley House Mt Beauty

Kiewa Valley House’s history began with plans for a 12 bed nursing home in 1979, which was supported by donations from the local community and Commonwealth Government funding in 1982.  The opening of the Kiewa Valley House, which was attached to Tawonga and District General Hospital, took place on the 6 March 1985. New facilities were built and occupied from June 2001, providing accommodation for up to 20 residents, in either single or shared room accommodation with en-suite facilities. Rooms, which vary in size from 13m2 to 28m2, are determined on availability at the time of entry.

Kiewa Valley House promotes a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. It features good quality, modest rooms for each of its residents. All rooms are maintained to a high standard and include a quality bed and mattress, bedside locker, comfortable chair, built in wardrobe and window furnishings. On-site maintenance is available.

A sizeable common area is used for dining, lounge and activities. (Dining 37.2 m2, lounge approx. 50m2.) Each of the 2 wings has individual sitting areas. All of the areas are well maintained and feature home-style furnishings.

Most rooms receive sunshine at some point throughout the day. These rooms have a view of the beautiful, well maintained, garden. Outdoor gardens have sitting areas. The design of these outdoor areas caters for a secure environment for residents.

Cash/Valuables/Spending Money

Leaving valuables or large amounts of cash within the facility is not encouraged.  Residents often require some spending money (petty cash) for the purchase of small items and/or services such as hairdressing, and outings.  If residents are unable to manage themselves, a small amount of money for residents for these occasional, incidental items can be deposited at the main hospital office (during office hours).  A register is maintained for each resident and an account system is set up with the Client Services Clerk, with money being stored within the safe.

Laundry

A full laundry service operates at Kiewa Valley House at no additional cost to residents. This service will wash all clothing items that can be accommodated by a standard washing machine cycle and tumble dried. Items that need special care (e.g. woollens) need to be attended to by the family. 

Dry-cleaning of garments is also the responsibility of the resident/family member.

Resident and relative meetings

These are held every three months – on the third Wednesday of March, June, September and December commencing at 2pm, which is followed by afternoon tea.

Skillsnet Computer

Kiewa Valley House was fortunate in being awarded a grant to set up a Skillsnet Computer for the residents to be able to access the internet.  The use of the computer is available to all residents, and staff can assist where required.  E-mailing, the internet, and printing of residents’ photos are some of the benefits enjoyed by the residents.