Victorian aged care provider Lyndoch Living has opened the doors to its redeveloped Swinton Wing at Warrnambool.

The Swinton Wing has been designed to incorporate ageing in place principles for residents and has been designed for an integrated lifestyle model rather than a traditional model of shared bedrooms and large communal areas.

The wing features more intimate spaces, visual cues such as colour, material, texture and light, improved lighting and other elements to enhance resident orientation and wayfinding.

The wing also features single spacious bedrooms, multiple communal spaces so residents can choose where they spend time, and access to outside areas.

Lyndoch Living CEO Doreen Power said the design was based on extensive research and consultation.

Doreen Power

“We have designed the home based on best practice from Dementia Australia, along with incorporating Richard Fleming’s design principles to create a better living environment for our residents.

“Inspiration was also drawn from the Eden Principles, which mitigate the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom and where residents are connected to the community,” Ms Power said.

The provider is also offering more homelike experiences such as dining in small groups.

“Research across the world has shown that caring for the elderly in smaller groups helps to reduce the stress of being in an aged care facility and enables more social interaction,” she said.

Ms Power said they are aiming to create an authentic environment for residents to live happily, healthily and comfortability.

“It’s our top consideration that our wonderful residents live well while they are part of our community, feeling connected as an individual to Lyndoch Living and the Warrnambool community.”

Main image: Lyndoch Living’s Swinton Wing.

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