The Tongala & District Memorial Aged Care Service Inc. is a charitable organisation owned and operated by the community of Tongala and District. It is an incorporated association under the Incorporated Associations Act (Victoria) (1981) and is a Public Benevolent Institution. It is administered by a Committee of Management elected by members of the association.
The organization was established in 1925 and operated the 12-bed Tongala and District Bush Nursing Memorial Hospital.
In the early 1980's the demand for acute private hospital care was declining and the need for residential aged care services increasing. As a consequence the organization undertook a major restructuring of its operations. In October 1990 the 30-place R.M. McHale Hostel opened. The 12-bed Hospital closed in December of that year. In March 1993 the 20-bed Koraleigh Nursing Home opened. In 1997 an extension of an extra 10-beds to Koraleigh was completed. In 1998 development of recreational and therapy facilities for Residents of the Service and the Community commenced with the construction of the Dick McGowan Men's Shed. An Activities and Consulting area facility was completed in February 1999.
In 2001 Deakin Village, with 15-independent living units became part of the Tongala & District Memorial Aged Care Service Inc.
The 10-bed R.M. McHale Special Care Wing opened in November 2001. The first four units of Memorial Drive Retirement Village were completed in 2010.
In October 2016 an additional six beds were added to the Helen Macpherson Smith Wing of Koraleigh as part of the refurbishment of the facility.
In December 2016 the refurbishment of Don Worke including the conversion of four-shared rooms to four-single rooms was completed.
RM McHale Hostel and Koraleigh Nursing Home are co-located at 18 Purdey Street, Tongala in the township of Tongala. Tongala is a dairying area with a population of 1,869 and is known as “the Friendly Town”. It is located in Northern Victoria in the Shire of Campaspe. Tongala is 220 kilometres from Melbourne; 26 kilometres (25 minutes) east of the regional city of Echuca and 15 kilometres (15 minutes) north west of the town of Kyabram. The nearest provincial cities are Shepparton 45 kilometres away and Bendigo 75 kilometres. There are daily bus services from Melbourne to Echuca or Shepparton to Echuca which pass through Tongala and Kyabram.
RM McHale Hostel has 42-places providing permanent and respite care and includes a 10-place secure unit for people living with dementia. All residents have their own room and ensuite. Bedrooms and living areas look out on to landscaped gardens.
Applications are made through the Director of Nursing/Manager. Wherever possible an initial appointment is made to discuss the prospective resident’s care needs,services available, application and financial details and to view the Tongala Aged Care Service.
After hours appointments can be arranged for prospective residents and families unable to come to an appointment between 9.30am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.
All Residents admitted to the Tongala & District Memorial Aged Care Service Inc. are required to be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Service and have a current Approval Form.
Nursing home features
- Small home (42 beds)
- Considers partners without an ACAT assessment
- Specialist services: Podiatry, physiotherapy