Horsley Cottages project expands specialist care for Illawarra people living with dementia

Horsley HammondCare expansion Stage 2HammondCare, one of Australia’s most innovative health and aged care providers, will build two new eight-bed cottages to expand dementia-specific care at its Horsley residential aged care service.

A Development Application for the project at Shone Avenue, Horsley, has been approved by Wollongong City Council and construction is expected to begin in January 2021.

The $6.9 million proposal adds an additional 16 beds to the current 90-bed residential service offered in six dementia-supportive cottages already on site.

Like the existing cottages at Horsley, the Stage 2 cottages utilise the best evidence-based design to support people living with dementia.

Clinical and institutional aspects, such as staff areas, storage and equipment are carefully hidden away so as not to intrude on the domestic familiarity that enables quality of life for people with dementia and minimises disability.

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Horsley HammondCare expansion Mike BairdHammondCare General Manager Residential Care, Angela Raguz, said a large institutional approach simply does not work for people with dementia. “Residents moving into Stage 2 will benefit from the small, domestic care model shown by research[1] to be the most effective way to deliver dementia care – with fewer hospitalisations and better quality of life,” Ms Raguz said.

“This development gives us an even greater opportunity to improve quality of life for people in need living in Illawarra.”

Accommodation will include single rooms with ensuites, as well as domestic-style kitchens where meals are prepared fresh, and generous and reminiscent living areas that provide safe access to outdoors.

The project also includes a repurposing of the existing administration building to provide additional community facilities for residents, their families and friends, including a hair salon, café, additional parking and a playground.

Works are set to be complete in late 2021.

Mike Baird appeared on ABC Radio Illawarra Mornings with presenter Nick Rheimberger to talk about the exciting new project.

[1] www.mja.com.au/journal/2018/208/10/clustered-domestic-residential-aged-care-australia-fewer-hospitalisations-and-better-quality-of-life