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Village-like dementia care – city style

Believed to be the first of its kind in Australia, a purpose-built multi-levelled dementia care home in Northern Sydney is holding an open day for visitors and is expected to open its doors for residents in the next couple of months.

Manager Amber Miller and Assistant Manager Skye Marshall in the new HammondCare Wahroonga
Manager Amber Miller and Assistant Manager Skye Marshall in the new HammondCare Wahroonga

Consisting of five apartments with nine residents (one with 12) in each apartment, HammondCare has incorporated its cottage design model into a multistorey building in Wahroonga.

“Across NSW we care for people with dementia in ‘village-like’ clusters of small cottages, which works well on larger parcels of land,” says HammondCare’s General Manager of Residential Care, Angela Raguz. “It’s vital we provide care where people live and so we’ve worked hard to translate our design to a multistorey building in a suburban area, without comprising quality of life for residents.”

The apartments have been designed with access to outdoors via terraces and balconies, lots of natural light and an easy-to-navigate design. They incorporate the latest elements in dementia care design, with ensuite, clearly visible toilets in resident’s rooms, memory boxes next to the doors, and décor is plain with contrasting colours to assist with way-finding.

“Add to this a familiar domestic-looking kitchen at the heart of each apartment where fresh, healthy meals are cooked for residents, and it is no wonder so many of our residents feel right at home,” says Ms Raguz.

The four level building also has a chapel, resident’s ‘supermarket’, hairdresser, and other amenities, and the adjacent heritage listed Woonoona Cottage, carefully protected and restored as part of the project, will be used for administration.

HammondCare Wahroonga ’s innovative design has also attracted the attention of a provider in South East Asia who is keen to see how quality dementia care can still be provided when building space is limited.

“Our approach to dementia care is highly regarded and we have people visiting from around the world to learn about our dementia design and model of care,” Ms Raguz says.

The HammondCare Wahroonga Open Day is on October 27, 10am to 2pm at 3-9 Woonona Avenue South, Wahroonga with special information sessions on dementia to be held at 10.30am and 1pm.

At the open day, HammondCare’s aged care food ambassador and executive chef Peter Morgan-Jones who works closely with the Maggie Beer Foundation, will be demonstrating some of his dementia-friendly recipes on the day and refreshments are available.

For more information about the Open Day, to arrange pick up from the station or to inquire about HammondCare Wahroonga please call 02 9471 5000, email wahroonga@hammond.com.au or visit hammondcarewahroonga.com.au

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