World class dementia care coming to Cardiff

Dementia care provider, HammondCare, has commenced work on a new residential aged care home to address the urgent need for dementia-specific care in the region.

With more than 11,500 people in the Hunter and surrounding areas* living with dementia, the need to provide a facility and specialist staff is a high priority for HammondCare, and the 99 room facility at Cardiff is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

HammondCare’s General Manager of Property and Capital Works, Michael Cooney, said while there were a number of residential aged care facilities in the Hunter, very few would be able to meet the demand for round the clock care for people living with dementia.

At a cost of $30 million, the aged care home is one of the largest projects undertaken by HammondCare and will be developed around a cottage model, providing dementia care in a familiar, domestic environment.

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The development has been welcomed by the local member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper MP, who said that facilities like HammondCare Cardiff are an “essential” part of servicing the community’s healthcare needs.

“Lake Macquarie has an ageing population and many people living here will require the type of late-in-life care which will be provided by HammondCare at Cardiff,” Mr Piper said.

“It’s essential that the area has these types of facilities which allow local people to stay local when they require extra health care, and be close to their own families and community.

“I’m pleased to hear that construction of this new centre has begun. While it will deliver the types of services we need in the area, it will also create new jobs during both the construction and operational phases.”

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*Cessnock, Charlestown, Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Myall Lakes, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Terrigal, Upper Hunter, Wallsend, Wyong