Public invited for first look at state's new dementia village

Victorians are being offered a sneak-peek at the state’s first purpose-built dementia village, as well as learning more about aged and dementia care, when an Open Day is held at HammondCare’s Caulfield Village on Friday, August 2 from 10.30am to 2pm.

The newly finished $30 million service will be home for up to 80 residents living in six cottages with 10 or 15 beds, each featuring:

  • single rooms with ensuites inclusive of numerous dementia design features
  • domestic style kitchen where all meals are prepared fresh
  • generous and reminiscent living areas that provide open access to a beautiful and safe backyard with pergola, hills hoist and potting shed
  • front, covered verandahs looking out over white picket fences – so familiar to older people – where they can watch the world go by over a cup of tea.

With the distinctive feel of a rural or beachside village, the dementia care service also features a salon, supermarket, men’s shed and cottage gardens – all with peaceful pastel colours, set along a meandering central path.

Clinical and institutional aspects, such as offices, parking 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.

HammondCare Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Judd, said that with the number of people living with dementia in Victoria possibly to triple by 2050, the Caulfield dementia village was a vital new service that also presented the best evidence-based approach to care.

“Instead of the large institutional approach that is so common in Victoria, residents in HammondCare’s Caulfield Village will benefit from the clustered, 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.”

One of the cottages will become Victoria’s first Specialist Dementia Care Program – part of a network of 31 being funded across Australia by the Federal Government to care for people with dementia experiencing very severe behavioural symptoms.

“Our experience has shown that SDCPs can provide care for people with severe symptoms of dementia who otherwise cannot be well supported in mainstream residential care,” Dr Judd said.

The August 2 Open Day will feature tours of fully furnished but yet to be occupied cottages and yards (to avoid disturbing residents in their homes) as well as community spaces.

Free information sessions and demonstrations such as understanding the aged care system, learning more about dementia, and the importance of fresh food and nutrition, will also feature during the Open Day held on site at 294 Kooyong Road (limited underground parking available or use public transport) next to Caulfield Hospital.

Find more information about Caulfield Village here.

Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, tours, photo and filming opportunities, contact Peter Hallett on 0418 532 585 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HammondCare provides health, aged and dementia care expertise that empowers the people that we serve. Regarded nationally and internationally as one of Australia’s most innovative health and aged care providers, HammondCare offers hospital care, residential care and community services. HammondCare is an independent Christian charity.