New Scone care home ensures future of quality aged care

The development of a new cottage-style, 30-bed dementia care home next to HammondCare’s Strathearn House will help ensure the long-term viability of high-quality aged care in Scone, according to CEO Mike Baird. 

A Development Application for two 15-bed interconnected cottages has been submitted to the Upper Hunter Shire Council and, if approved, construction early works could be underway as soon as May 2021. Works should be completed prior to Christmas 2021.

The new care home will feature HammondCare’s internationally regarded dementia-specific design, which provides single rooms with ensuites, large purposeful living areas, a domestic kitchen and access to a safe and beautiful outdoor space (backyard and garden) and many other features.

Scone design plan Strathearn house full

As well as the new care home, other parts of the development include a new commercial laundry serving the whole Gundy Road site, an expanded administration area.

Mr Baird said he was delighted that HammondCare was able to continue its investment in the very best of care for vulnerable older residents of the Scone region and their families. “HammondCare has been a leading provider of dementia care for more than 25 years and the new cottage-style home in Scone will benefit from this experience as it provides an enabling, therapeutic environment for people with dementia.” for Strathearn House and the first stage of a community facility for HammondGrove independent living residents living across Scone.

The new development will allow the 1980s aged care homes on Stafford Street – known as Strathearn Village – to be retired, with residents moving to the four-year-old Strathearn House or the brand new care home, depending on their needs.

As well as the benefits of new purpose-built accommodation, the move allows HammondCare to consolidate its residential care services on its own land at Gundy Road, securing the long-term future of the services. The Stafford Street lease with Hunter New England Local Health District is nearing completion within five years.

Scone Strathearn House

Although the transition out of Stafford Street is up to 12 months away, consultations have already begun with residents and their families, as well as staff and other stakeholders, to ensure a well-managed, timely and safe move for all residents.

“Our top priority is the care of residents and we believe Stafford St residents will be delighted with their new accommodation on Gundy Road, which we will provide improved facilities with the same excellent level of care they are accustomed too,” Mr Baird said. “There will be no job losses associated with the transition and managers will carefully consult with our care team about their future employment arrangements at the Gundy Road site."

The new care home will utilise a prefabricated modular construction, which is a more affordable approach that achieved an outstanding quality outcome when utilised by HammondCare in Miranda in 2018. It also reduces building time and the impact of construction on neighbours.