Uniting completes Amala home

Uniting in NSW and the ACT has completed Uniting Amala, a 124-bed aged care home in Canberra purpose-built for a household model of care.

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory aged care provider Uniting has completed building a  124-bed aged care home in Canberra designed for small-scale living.

Uniting Amala is made up of six households of 18-20 people, including two high care memory support units offering state-of-the-art dementia care.

It operates Uniting’s household care model, which aims to give residents greater freedom to make their own choices throughout the day.

The home, which took eight years to build, is co-located with Uniting Amala Independent Living Village and Uniting Canberra Seniors Gym to provide a continuum of care across settings.

Uniting director of ageing Saviour Buhagiar said the household model was the future of residential aged care.

“We’re proud to showcase the household model in Canberra to be an example of how older Australians can have more independence in residential aged care,” he said.

“The royal commission agrees that smaller homes with more personal care should be encouraged and developed and we hope the Federal Government can look to Uniting Amala to see what can be achieved by this model,” Mr Buhagiar said.

Uniting director of property and housing Simon Furness said a resident-focused approach was important for older Australians living with dementia.

“Uniting sees the household model of care as the centrepiece of our approach that puts the dignity and wishes of our residents at its centre,” Mr Furness said.

Main image: From left: David Smith, Mark Hankinson, Michael Ensor, Jeremy Barker, Simon Furness, Jane Nolan and Saviour Buhagiar.

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