Dementia care specialists HammondCare has opened two additional cottages at its aged care home in the Wollongong suburb of Horsley as part of a $6.9 million expansion project.

The new eight-room cottages – named after Australian artists Tom Roberts and Pro Hart – feature single ensuite bathrooms and access to dining, sitting and outdoor areas.

The expansion project also includes repurposing the administrative building to include community facilities such as a children’s playground, hair salon and café available to residents and visitors.

The new cottages follow the home’s existing relationship-focused and evidence-based model of care.

HammondCare chief executive Mike Baird said the cottage model involved great design and care staff working flexibly to promote a domestic and familiar environment and to meaningfully engage residents.

“The cottage model of care at Horsley has been designed according to international best practice to provide dignity and quality of life for vulnerable people,” Mr Baird said in a statement. “The staff seek to get to know who the residents are as individuals, including what they like and dislike.”

Horsley residential manager Carley Watson said the aged care home was a beautiful place for residents to live with gardens, cherry blossom trees and a backdrop of the Illawarra escarpment.

“The staff at Horsley are committed to all residents being treated with compassion and respect and providing individualised and tailored care,” she said.

Main image: Tom Roberts Cottage at HammondCare Horsley

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