HammondCare’s cottage-style dementia care unveiled

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Single level dementia care cottages planned for the Repat Health Precinct in Adelaide have been unveiled by HammondCare CEO Mike Baird and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall.

The design lodged with the State Commission Assessment Panel for the cottages catering for people living with varying levels of severity of symptoms and behaviours includes:

  • 6 bunglalow-style cottages for 9-15 residents, built around a central park and plaza, with good access to private and public outdoor areas;
  • 2 cottages, each offering 9 places, will be specialist dementia care units – funded by the Commonwealth and SA Health — linked to an 11-place step down cottage;
  • Community facilities including general store, café, hairdresser, and studio.
    Ancillary administration and back of house and staff facilities;
  • Adaptive reuse of the leased heritage B Block building will provide a café and children’s playground and interface with Daws Road.

“This aged care home at the Repat Health Precinct is in line with HammondCare’s mission as an independent Christian charity to improve the quality of life for people in need,” Mr Baird said at the precinct in Daw Park, Adelaide.

“The small cottage model of care, the heart of this project, is informed by research and more than 25-years of experience in offering dementia care in small cottages in NSW and Victoria.”

The cottages will include single rooms with ensuites inclusive of numerous dementia design features, such as domestic-style kitchens where meals are prepared fresh, and generous and reminiscent living areas with safe outdoor access. Clinical and institutional aspects like offices, parking and equipment, do not intrude on the domestic atmosphere.

Architects Bickerton Masters have partnered with leading Adelaide practice Swanbury Penglase and other special consultants to produce the design.

Work is expected to begin on the project on the 13,000 square metre site later this year, subject to project approval.

Watch a video of the planned development, and Mike Baird’s speaker profile at the LEADERS SUMMIT 2021 below.


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