St Agnes’ Care & Lifestyle given $6.5M for new dementia support village

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St Agnes’ Care and Lifestyle, a Not For Profit in Port Macquarie, NSW, will receive a $6.5 million injection from the Federal Government to build a new dementia care facility.

The grant from the Building Better Regions Fund will enable St Agnes’ Catholic Parish to build a village-style facility with 12 homes for 93 residents diagnosed with dementia. Each home will feature seven to eight individual bedrooms with private ensuites and shared living, outdoor, kitchen, laundry, and dining areas.

The village will also include streets, entertainment areas, BBQ areas, quiet reflection areas, and a community centre with linked pathways.

Adam Spencer, CEO of St Agnes’ Catholic Parish, welcomed the funding, saying it will make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia.

“This substantial funding will enable us to ensure the NSW Mid North Coast is a lighthouse for dementia care in Australia.

“The Village has been designed with resident wellbeing in mind, providing an environment which offers engagement, social interaction, and time outdoors designed to improve the quality of life of residents,” he said.

The project already has Council approval, with work to begin in the near future.

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