Nursing home plan

Jim Filmer believes pre-fabricated nursing homes could be an answer to the soaring cost of providing aged care beds.
Jim Filmer believes pre-fabricated nursing homes could be an answer to the soaring cost of providing aged care beds. FILE

A CAMPAIGNER for a nursing home in Bargara believes he has a plan that would deliver facilities much cheaper and easier than they are now.

Jim Filmer has called for modular, transportable, prefabricated nursing homes to be built in a central location and then trucked to where they are needed.

"When you get them to the site, you just bolt the components together," he said.

Mr Filmer said Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement of increased in-home care for the aged last week was just a political ruse.

"However much the carers attempt to look after their patients, their task is futile and far too expensive," he said.

"A blind Freddy can see that one carer chasing around the suburbs looking after two or three patients is just a waste of money."

Mr Filmer's is calling on the government to offer a $1 million prize for an architect to design a modular building.

He said the accommodation areas would include small wards and some individual rooms.

"Since nursing homes are not hospitals, hospital facilities are not required," he said.

"As far as I am aware, nursing homes do not require resident doctors.

"This makes for simple design solutions."

Mr Filmer said a big part of the cost of nursing homes was the price of the land, but if the government provided the land there could be no on-selling for profit by private enterprise.

"When the people who run these companies which provide nursing homes start talking about $250,000 a bed it's ridiculous," he said.

Under his scheme, the nursing homes should be able to be built for much less than $100,000 a bed.

Mr Filmer said if the buildings were designed properly, they would be able to collect rainwater and grey water and be virtually water independent.

They could also have solar panels on their roofs and generate much of their own electricity.

Mr Filmer said he hoped one of the major political parties would pick up his idea.

Association of Independent Retirees Bundaberg branch president Eddie Childs said Mr Filmer's proposal sounded promising, but he would have to look at it in detail.


Pre-fab plan

  • Local councils to provide minimum services and building approvals
  • On-site sewage treatment plant
  • Rainwater and grey water collection
  • Solar panels on the roof

Topics:  aged care julia gillard nursing home politics

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