Victoria's first dementia care village is approved

A $30 million aged care, dementia village, designed specifically for people living with dementia and the first of its kind in Victoria, will be built next door to Caulfield Hospital, after plans were approved by Glen Eira Council (May 19).

The 90 bed, residential care village, to be built by leading health and aged care charity, HammondCare, will provide best practice dementia care across eight cottages, and will be operational by 2018.

State Manager of HammondCare Victoria, Seamus van der Westhuizen, said the resolution passed last night will enable HammondCare to immediately proceed with stage one of the building program – 63 beds: “We eagerly await a decision from Heritage Victoria on the future of Montgomery House on our site. We are hopeful of a favourable decision there, so that the entirety of our plans for a 93 bed aged care village can proceed.”

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Growing need for care

Mr van der Westhuizen said there was a significant demand for dementia specific residential care in Victoria with 95,000 people currently living with dementia in the state, and this figure expected to treble by 2050 to 386,000 people.*

“In Caulfield today, there are 1,147 people living with dementia and this figure is expected to more than double by 2050 to 2,715 people.* Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians,” Mr van der Westhuizen said.

Non-institutional approach

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

“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.”

HammondCare has operated the 90 bed Caulfield Nursing Home since 2015, and has created an additional 250 job.

Key facts about HammondCare Caulfield
  • The 93 bed aged care village will provide best practice dementia care across eight cottages in a village context, and include a general store, chapel, studio, salon, café, memorial pavilion and extensive gardens.
  • each resident will have their own room and ensuite, with safe and private backyards
  • staff specially trained in dementia care will work flexibly to promote a domestic and familiar environment
  • the village design principles incorporate familiar and recognisable features to increase safety and security and minimise confusion for residents
  • fresh food kitchens in each of the cottages engage residents in cooking, and ensure a community atmosphere at meal times.

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

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