Hammond’s Pioneer Homes (now known as HammondCare) was established in 1932 by Anglican Archdeacon R B S Hammond in response to the eviction of inner-city, rent-paying families in Sydney during the depression.
These families were provided with homes through a rent-purchase program on land now known as Hammondville, near Liverpool (approximately 40 kilometers from central Sydney).
R B S Hammond was a man of great courage and vision. To make this project work, he contributed his personal savings as well as earning support from the general public. It was Hammond’s vision and leadership which established the organization at the cutting edge of meeting community need.
From housing to aged care
By 1940, Hammondville had been established with more than 110 homes, a school, a general store, post office and church. Conditions were hard.
Many people had lived in the city all their lives, and were unaccustomed to life in what was then the bush. However, a strong community spirit developed and difficulties were overcome.
In the late 1940s, having achieved its original goals, Hammond’s Pioneer Homes identified another pressing need - the plight of the elderly, especially the ‘aged battlers’ whose only means of income was the social service pension.
In response to this need, Hammond’s Pioneer Homes established one of the first integrated aged care facilities in Australia – Hammondville Homes for Senior Citizens – consisting of self-care units, nursing home and hostel accommodation for financially disadvantaged elderly people.
Dementia: a new challenge for the 21st Century
The 1990s saw a broadening of profile for HammondCare, moving from largely a residential aged care provider to an organisation leading the way in community and residential care and services particularly in dementia.
HammondCare has also expanded to the areas of research, promoting positive ageing in the community, and the provision of professional advice and expertise to other aged care providers, government and international aged care organisations.
Having earned a solid reputation as one of the most respected independent providers of aged care in Australia, we continue to work to fulfil our mission: "to nurture dignity, and improve the quality of life for older people and people with dementia, especially those least able to provide for themselves."
The provision of quality care is of great importance. By the year 2031, 20 per cent of Australia’s population will be over 65 years. With 1987 as the starting point, it is estimated that this group will have grown by 175% compared to Australia's general population growth of 40%. The number of people with dementia, at the same time, is estimated to grow by approximately 225%. This trend indicates that the demand for care services will escalate dramatically, and experience in the past five years substantiates these signs.
New directions: Expansion into palliative care, rehabilitation and older persons mental health.
In 2008, HammondCare acquired Hope Healthcare. This strategic move came out of discussions on the complementary nature of HammondCare and Hope Healthcare's services.
This acquisition means that HammondCare now provides palliative care, rehabilitation and older persons mental health as well as our ongoing commitment to dementia and aged care services, with many additional services provided through sub-acute facilities such as Neringah Hospital at Wahroonga, Greenwich Hospital at Greenwich, Braeside Hospital at Fairfield, and the Northern Beaches Palliative Care service at Mona Vale. We also provide a wide range of other ‘at home’ care services in Northern Sydney and in Sydney’s Southwest.