Murray Haven Homes is a 55-bed residential care facility located in Barham NSW.
Murray Haven Homes is a community-based organisation managed by a volunteer board of passionate locals. It has been in operation for 42 years and was the vision of a dedicated group of locals who knew that Barham and district needed this type of facility.
Located on the Murray River, Barham is a vibrant community with many services including licenced club, hotels, cafes, newsagency and numerous motels. It is a 300 Km drive to Melbourne and within an hour of Echuca and Swan Hill. There is a direct daily bus service to Melbourne from Barham. Shared facilities within Murray Haven Homes include gardens, secure courtyards, large lawn areas as well as dining rooms, fully equipped lounges and other common areas that can be used for family functions and events. Murray Haven Homes also has a bus that can be used by families for social outings and other appointments. There is Wi-Fi throughout the facility that the more tech savvy residents can use.
With a dedicated team of staff including Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Personal Care Assistants, Murray Haven Homes is well placed to ensure full and personalised care. We have an ongoing training partnership with Dementia Training Australia and are always looking at innovative ways to improve our care. Our recent Git Up challenge saw our site get Facebook coverage all over the world.
“Funding for Aged Care is a mix of Commonwealth funding via the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), Resident room rents and means tested care fees. This funding is based on monthly submissions that we make to the Department of Aging. This funding is designed to cover the care, health, recreation and nutritional needs of our residents. It is also the primary source of our wage payments which account for about 80% of all these funds.
Murray Haven Homes Ltd is responsible to ensure that we have up to date training, equipment and administration staff to operate the facility. We are also on a continual maintenance program to update our rooms in the Edwards and Niemur wings. These rooms are over 40 years of age. Every time we get an opportunity, we replace carpets with a more appropriate floor covering and paint the rooms. This is at a cost of approximately $5,000 per room. The ongoing maintenance program is significant.
Funding is always a difficult exercise, but we are fortunate to have a supportive community and extremely active Murray Haven Auxiliary who are tireless in their fundraising activities. From time to time we will call on the community for assistance and always acknowledge where these additional funds are spent.