HammondCare leads the way with $25M six-cottage dementia village in Melbourne

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The Not For Profit will begin construction on six cottages with an average of 12 beds each next to Caulfield Hospital, 12km southeast of the CBD.

Dementia sub-villages are an emerging trend in the US, where existing retirement villages are converting small precincts into dementia-friendly housing.

The cottage design will be based on home-style environments, with the dwellings incorporating familiar features to minimise confusion and increase safety for residents.

HammondCare says over 1,000 people with dementia currently live in the Caulfield area, with the number expected to double to over 2,700 by 2050.