HammondCare Erina is a dementia care home on the central coast of NSW. It consists of five small, domestic cottages, each home to 10, 14 or 18 residents.
Built for independence and familiarity
We believe that the best place for people with dementia to be is home. When this is no longer possible, then our commitment is to provide an environment that looks, feels and operates like a home.
Research shows people living with dementia are most comfortable in small, domestic environments. Our cottages are designed to feel as little like an institution as possible, and give residents an opportunity to engage with the rhythms and routines of normal home life.
Residents are encouraged to live and operate in the cottage as they would in a home: the resident is free to spend time in any of the common areas, and the buildings are designed so each choice is a ‘right’ one. This means there are no dead-ends and any locked doors are unobtrusive. There are many visual ‘cues’ about where one is, and where one is heading. To minimise confusion, the central kitchen and living areas are always visible from corridors or other spaces.
HammondCare Erina has been designed using internationally recognised principles to promote choice, minimise confusion and maximise independence for people living with dementia. You can read more about our principles of dementia design here.
Although they are small and familiar, the five cottages within HammondCare Erina have a variety of common spaces, allowing residents to choose where and with whom they spend their time.
The various common areas of the cottages include the following spaces:
- A fully functioning domestic kitchen
- An open plan lounge and dining area
- A parlour
- A backyard and garden
- A main bathroom with bath (in addition to private ensuite bathrooms)
Each cottage is centred around a domestic kitchen and open plan living and dining area. This familiar, open space enables residents to take part in everyday kitchen and household activities. The lounge has a TV with Foxtel.
Off these main common areas is a unisex toilet for general use. The bathroom door has a picture of a toilet, rather than the standard ‘stick-figure’ toilet signs, as these can be confusing for people with dementia.
Sun rooms contain lounge chairs and small tables, providing a common space that also allows a degree of privacy. They have views to the garden and wonderful natural light. Sun rooms and parlours are often used by residents to sit and read, or meet with family members for morning tea.
Back yards contain barbecues, small pergolas, benches and tables, raised garden beds and washing lines. They are used extensively for activities with residents, and family visits. All back yards are secure, and looping garden paths link the outdoors with the indoors, minimising confusion for residents.
In the HammondCare dementia cottages, back-of-house functions such as deliveries, trollies or equipment are separate from the residents’ spaces. This is to minimise disruption to the household, and ensure residents are in a comfortable, familiar environment.
HammondCare Erina is all single-storey and has no stairs. There are nurse call outlets located at important points throughout the buildings and centralised heating and air conditioning throughout all the buildings. All the buildings were fully repainted in 2008, and brand new carpet and curtains were installed in 2013 throughout most of the buildings.
HammondCare Erina was built in 2000.
Rooms and accommodation
The bedrooms and bathrooms in the HammondCare Erina cottages have been designed to minimise confusion and maximise independence and comfort for residents.
For example, memory boxes filled with personal effects and photos are located at the entrance to residents’ bedrooms to help them identify their private space. Within the room, residents have a direct line of site from their bed to the toilet, promoting independence. There are also direct lines of sight from the bedroom to sunrooms, living rooms and kitchen. This is to help assist decision making and prompt way-finding.
Residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture and furnishings with them to personalise their bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms at HammondCare Erina has a built-in wardrobe and a window. High care residents are provided with an electric bed.
Each cottage is home to 10, 14 or 18 residents. There are 62 private bedrooms, and 6 double rooms. Every room has a large, private ensuite bathroom.
The bedrooms also have large windows with sheer curtains and block-out drapes, television and landline telephone ports, reverse cycle air-conditioning with controls in each room, a nurse call point by the bed and passive room monitoring sensors.
All the bedrooms in HammondCare Erina have an ongoing maintenance program to ensure that they are in the best possible condition for residents.
All the bedrooms at HammondCare Erina have a large, private ensuite bathroom. The ensuite bathrooms are in good condition and are equipped with dementia design features to promote independence and easy access. Examples include colour-coded hot (red) and cold (blue) taps, and toilet seats that contrast in colour to the bowl for easy visibility.
Bathrooms are fitted out with an easy-access toilet, a basin and vanity unit, an accessible shower unit, and a nurse call outlet. In case of shared rooms, the ensuite will be shared by up to 2 residents.
HammondCare Erina’s shared bedrooms with a private ensuite are approximately 17m2, and the single rooms with a private ensuite are approximately 25m2.
Excellence in food and nutrition
HammondCare is committed to an excellent food culture. All food is prepared by residents and staff in our kitchens.
Food preparation and planning is overseen by our Executive Chef and nutritionists, who ensure all the residents’ nutritional needs and tastes are catered to, and that varied, fresh and delicious food is available every day.
The model of having a domestic kitchen at the very centre of our cottages strongly influences the food culture at HammondCare Erina. The meals are, by definition, home-cooked and fresh – prepared and cooked with our residents, in their home. In this matter, like in many others, we strive to make HammondCare Erina feel as much like a home as possible.
Dementia design features
HammondCare Erina has been built in line with best practice in dementia design, to enhance residents' sense of autonomy and dignity. Some of Erina's dementia design features include:
- Back of house functions – deliveries and linen trolleys – separated from the cottage environment.
- Memory boards with photos are located at the entrance to residents’ bedrooms to help them identify their private space.
- Residents have a direct line of site from their bed to the toilet, promoting independence.
- Direct line of sight from threshold of bedrooms to sunrooms, living rooms and kitchen, to help assist decision making and prompt way-finding.
- Colour-coded hot (red) and cold (blue) taps for safety.
- Toilet seats that contrast in colour to the bowl to promote independent toileting.
- Some lounge chairs have seat cushions and back rests with contrasting colours to provide visual cues to residents with dementia and poor eyesight.
HammondCare Erina is located at 341 Terrigal Drive, Erina NSW, 2250 in the Gosford Local Government Area. It is conveniently situated near several public services, attractions and health facilities.
Sites and attractions nearby include Erina Fair (600m), Terrigal Beach (5km), and Gosford Hospital (7km). There is a bus stop at HammondCare Erina’s front door, and Gosford train station is 7km away. HammondCare Erina has on-site parking for 10 visitors.
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