New cottage-style care homes for people with dementia

HammondCare, one of the nation’s most innovative health and aged care providers, has welcomed today’s agreement with the State Government to build South Australia’s first cottage-style care homes for people with dementia in the Repat Health Precinct.

HammondCare Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Judd, said HammondCare is looking forward to proceeding with a vision to provide a 78 place service for the care and support of people with complex care needs in a village-like environment.

Dr Judd said the need for the new care homes was highlighted by predictions the number of people living with dementia in South Australia would double from an estimated 37,551 in 2019 to more than 73,040 by 20581.

“Instead of the large institutional approach that simply doesn't work for people with dementia, residents in in the new care homes will benefit from the small, domestic residential care model shown by research to be the most effective way to deliver dementia care – with fewer hospitalisations and better quality of life.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to create a centre of dementia care excellence in South Australia, ensuring the state’s most vulnerable community members can live with dignity and quality of life,” Dr Judd said.

The design of the care homes will be informed by research and incorporate HammondCare’s learning from more than 25 years of building dementia-specific, cottage-style residential services for people with dementia in NSW and Victoria.

There will be four dementia-specific cottages, each being home to 15 residents. There also will be two cottages that will be the State’s first Specialist Dementia Care Units, each housing nine residents, part of a network of more than 30 being funded across Australia by the Federal Government to care for people experiencing very severe symptoms of dementia.