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Architects for Australian dementia village announced

Melbourne-based architectural firm Thomson Adsett has been selected as the project architects for Glenview Community Services’ dementia village in Tasmania.

Not-for-profit aged care provider Glenview Community Services announced in July that it would build a residential aged care facility designed to recreate real-life experiences for people with dementia in the Hobart suburb of Glenorchy (read that story here).

The facility, which is called Korongee village, is being developed in a partnership between Glenview, aged care industry superannuation fund HESTA, social financing organisation Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and the Commonwealth Government.

The village concept draws on several international best-practice models including the dementia village of De Hogeweyk in the Netherlands.

Its structure will be based on a typical Tasmanian streetscape to allow residents to feel at home and move around freely in a secure and supported environment.

Glenview Community Services CEO Lucy O’Flaherty said Thomson Adsett was selected after an extensive application process, which included 16 expressions of interest.

Thomson Adsett’s strong working knowledge of dementia care design and future trends in international markets made them a standout choice to receive the tender, Ms O’Flaherty said.

As Thomson Adsett is a mainland-based firm, they have engaged the services of a local architect Stephen Geason, who has been studying dementia design, to ensure an appreciation of the Tasmanian environment, she said.

The project team also includes subject matter expert and Tasmanian resident Judy Martin, who manages the international study program for aged care and retirement living executives SAGE (Studying and Advancing Global Eldercare).

The SAGE program is an industry alliance between Thomson Adsett and provider peaks Leading Age Services and Aged and Community Services Australia.

Ms O’Flaherty attended a SAGE study tour to the UK and Netherlands to study dementia village models.

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