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  • Baptcare opens memory support unit
  • HammondCare receives approval for new dementia village
  • BaptistCare opens Kellyville facility

Baptcare opens memory support unit

Baptcare Wyndham Lodge’s Bill Featherstone House Memory Support Unit is for people with early to middle stage dementia.

Baptcare Wyndham Lodge has opened its redeveloped ‘Bill Featherstone House Memory Support Unit’ for people with early to middle stage dementia to complement the existing residential aged care facility.

The Memory Support Unit is designed for people whose care needs mean that they can’t live independently, but who still retain sufficient memory to allow a strong level of functionality with support.

Participation in activities of daily living, such as meal preparation and tidying, tailored engagement programs, and family involvement are key features of the unit’s care program, said Baptcare.

The resident’s family or friends must be willing to be involved in supporting their loved one for at least two hours per week to be eligible for placement, the provider said.

HammondCare receives approval for new dementia village

An artist’s impression of HammondCare’s new development in Caulfield.

Dementia specialists HammondCare have received planning approval for its $25 million dementia village with 78 beds across six home-style cottages in Caulfield, Melbourne.

The village, which will begin development mid-year to be operational by early 2019, features cottages with private backyards and fresh food kitchens, and single resident rooms with an ensuite.

HammondCare Victoria state manager Seamus van der Westhuizen said the village offered people with dementia an opportunity to live in home-like accommodation instead of the large institutional approach to aged care so common in the state.

“The design incorporates a range of measures specifically aimed at ensuring the best possible experience for people living with dementia,” he said.

The design includes incorporating familiar and recognisable features to increase safety and security and mimimise confusion for residents.

BaptistCare opens Kellyville facility

BaptistCare recently held an opening ceremony for its new $35 million facility, the Gracewood Centre in Kellyville.

The 138-bed facility includes 32 specialised dementia care rooms, a café that overlooks subtropical landscaped gardens, hair and beauty salon, therapy spa, chapel, covered terraces, and facilities for family gatherings.

Each room includes large storage space, quality fittings, built-in ceiling hoists, free Wi-Fi and smart televisions, according to the provider.

The Gracewood Centre is co-located with a day respite program, home care services and independent living community.

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