HammondCare Southwood is a dementia care home consisting of six small, domestic cottages. Five of these cottages are home to 15 residents, and one is home to eight 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, familiar 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 Southwood 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 domestic, the six cottages within HammondCare Southwood have a variety of common spaces, allowing residents to choose where and with whom they spend their time.
HammondCare Southwood contains the following common spaces:
- A fully functioning domestic kitchen
- An open plan lounge and dining area
- Two sunrooms
- A parlour
- A TV room with a fireplace
- A backyard
- A domestic laundry
Each cottage is a 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.
Sun rooms contain lounge chairs and small tables, providing a common space that also allows a degree of privacy. The sunrooms are located at the ends of each cottage, often with views to the garden, and have good natural light.
Sun rooms and parlours are often used by residents to sit and read, or meet with family members for morning tea. Parlours contain tables and chairs, and provide a private break-out space for residents.
TV rooms are fit out with a variety of lounge chairs, a coffee table, a TV with a DVD player, and a fireplace and stereo system.
Back yards contain barbecues, 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. The gardens are kept in very good condition.
The domestic laundry have a washing machine, a dryer, a basin and a clear door so residents can see what is happening inside.
Rooms and accommodation
The bedrooms and bathrooms in the HammondCare Southwood cottages have been designed to minimise confusion and maximise independence and comfort for residents.
For example, memory boards 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.
Residents are encouraged to use their own furniture, soft furnishings and mementos to make their rooms familiar and comfortable. All residents are provided with an electric bed. Each of the bedrooms at HammondCare Southwood has a built-in wardrobe, a window, television and landline telephone ports, ducted air-conditioning, a nurse call point by the bed and passive room monitoring sensors.
All the bedrooms in HammondCare Southwood have an ongoing maintenance program to ensure that they are in the best possible condition for residents.
All the bedrooms at HammondCare Southwood have a large, private ensuite bathroom with ample room for equipment and aides as required. The ensuite bathrooms are in excellent condition and are equipped with an easy-access toilet, a basin and vanity unit with secure, lockable cupboards and an accessible shower unit.
HammondCare Southwood’s bedrooms and private ensuites are 16m2.
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
Hammondville Southwood's has been built in line with best practice in dementia design, to enhance residents' sense of autonomy and dignity. Some of Southwood's dementia design features include:
- 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.
- Bedroom doors on different sides of the corridor are offset to minimise the likelihood of residents entering someone else’s room.
- 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.
- Back of house functions – deliveries and linen trolleys – separated from the cottage environment.
Fixtures and maintenance
Southwood is single-story and has no stairs. There are nurse call outlets located at important points throughout the cottages. The common areas in the Southwood cottages have ducted air-conditioning and adjustable lighting to assist residents with poor vision and offer optimum stimulation. The facility has an ongoing maintenance program to ensure that it remains in good condition.
Southwood is located on Judd Ave, Hammondville NSW 2170 in the Liverpool Local Government Area (LGA). It is situated within The Hammond Village along with three other aged care facilities, 129 independent living units, a village centre and HammondCare’s Centre for Positive Ageing and Care.
The broad range of accommodation options at the village enables couples with differing care needs to remain close to each other even if they live in different settings.
Other amenities within the village include a GP clinic, onsite hairdressing facilities, a chapel, visitor parking, a café, swimming pool, exercise equipment and an innovative palliative care suite.
Southwood is conveniently located near several public services and health facilities including the Hammondville shops (650m), Wattle Grove Shopping Village (2.5km), Liverpool Hospital (6km), Liverpool Westfield (6km) and Casula Mall (7km).
Southwood is close to the M5 Motorway (2km) and Heathcote Rd (1km), and a short distance from Holsworthy (2.5km) and Liverpool (5.5km) Stations.
The 902 bus route runs through The Hammond Village, with bus stops just 100m from Southwood, connecting the facility with train stations and public services at Holsworthy and Liverpool.
There are also several minibuses within the village which are used to take residents on regular outings.
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