Caulfield dementia village takes next step

Building will begin mid-year for HammondCare's new $25 million dementia village, designed specifically for people living with dementia, that was first approved in July 2016.

The revised plans for the village, approved by Glen Eira Council on March 21, 2017, will deliver 78 of the 93 beds, across six cottages, initially proposed last year for the site next door to Caulfield Hospital.

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The key changes included in the revised plans include:

  • Retention of the Montgomery Rest Home building;
  • Deletion of the two storey administration building;
  • Construction of a smaller single storey administration building in the centre of the site;
  • Deletion of the Chapel;
  • Relocation of the workshop, studio and shop;
  • and Revised layout of cottages.

The revised plans for the village flow on from the March 9, 2017 determination by The Heritage Council of Victoria to include the former Red Cross Rest House (now part of Montgomery Home) on the Victorian Heritage Register.

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Key features of the village

The new residential care village will provide best practice dementia care across six cottages and be operational by early 2019.

A key feature of the dementia village will be its unique cottage design, similar to a home-like environment, that is recognised as world-best practice for dementia care including:

  • Each resident will have their own room with ensuite;
  • Each cottage has a private and safe backyard complete with Hills hoist;
  • Specially trained staff in dementia care will work flexibly to promote a domestic and familiar environment;
  • The village design principles incorporate familiar and recognizable features to increase safety and security and mimimise confusion for residents;
  • Fresh food kitchens in each cottage engages residents in cooking and ensure a community atmosphere at meal times.

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Importance to the community

There is a significant demand for dementia-specific care accommodation in Victoria, with 95,000 people currently living with dementia in the State - a figure expected to triple to 386,000 people, by 2050. Narrowing that figure to focus on the Caulfield community - over a thousand (1147) people with dementia currently live in the Caulfield area, with that number expect to more than double (2715) by 2050.*

State Manager of HammondCare Victoria, Seamus van der Westhuizen, has addressed the need for this unique care service:

“Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians,” he said.

“Instead of the large institutional approach to aged care and particularly people living with dementia, that is so common in Victoria, residents in HammondCare’s Caulfield village will live in small cottages with a home-like feel.

“The design incorporates a range of measures specifically aimed at ensuring the best possible experience for people living with dementia.”

*NATSEM University of Canberra Jan 2016 Caulfield state electorate figures and Victoria figures.