HammondCare to operate dementia day service at Richard Geeves Centre

Leading health and aged care provider, HammondCare, will from April 1 manage the dementia day service at the Richard Geeves Centre in Turramurra.

“HammondCare is excited to be operating this high quality dementia service and is looking forward to providing respite for people with dementia and their carers in the area,” said Sally Yule, General Manager, HammondAtHome.The service was formerly managed by Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD).

A morning tea will be held on April 9 to celebrate with special guest, the Centre’s founder, Dr Richard Geeves, now aged 90 years.

“We are honoured to have the Centre’s founder, Dr Richard Geeves OAM attend our celebration. Richard worked tirelessly in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai area to help older people and as a pioneer in dementia care, established the area’s first day respite centre.”

Dr Geeves, who now lives in Tasmania, was at the opening of the Centre that bears his name in 1989. He was recognised in 1990 for his work in providing services for older people in the community, with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Dr Geeves’ son, Malcolm, works for HammondCare’s Dementia Centre as an education consultant.

Ms Yule said HammondCare has extensive experience in providing care for people living with dementia and provides aged and dementia home care across the region, as well as residential care next door to the Richard Geeves Centre. HammondCare also operates the nearby Neringah Hospital.

About 16 people are cared for at the Centre each day, which is funded by the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP), a Commonwealth Government initiative.