Feeling at home really matters

HammondCare's cottage model of care accreditation emblem

Everyone deserves to feel at home but too often, aged care feels like an institution. That’s why in 1995, HammondCare developed the Meadows Cottages – much smaller households with familiar domestic settings. Since then, HammondCare has continued to evolve and launch new cottages across NSW and Victoria.

More than 25 years later, our experience and research has shown that care in a small household environment improves older people's quality of life and wellbeing, including those with complex care needs.

It’s the approach recommended by the Aged Care Royal Commission.

So what’s so good about living in our cottages?

  • Comforting sights, sounds and rhythms of a family home, with a cottage kitchen, living area, laundry, and Hills Hoist in the garden.
  • Design features making it easier for residents to find their way and have more independence, all in the comfort and safety of a home.
  • ‘Small Household’ environments are proven in research to help reduce hospitalisation and inappropriate medication.
  • Our relationship-based approach means the smaller household care team really get to know each resident and their family.
  • Each resident receives personalised care from familiar faces, while building relationships with other residents who have similar needs. This personalised care covers every sphere of life – clinical, social and spiritual.
HammondCare's Model of Care makes sure people feel at home

HammondCare's Model of Care makes sure people feel at home

As Australia’s recognised leader in providing residential care for people living with dementia and complex needs, we know that feeling at home matters – and we believe that you matter. Discover our Cottage Model, the leading approach that reflects the 'Small Household Approach' recommended by the Royal Commission.

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What families like yours are saying about our Cottage Model

The fact that you can walk in and people are cooking dinner, and you can smell dinner cooking, along with the washing machine running, makes it feel homely. – Andrew

Like a personal family home. – Amelia

I’m able to walk away and know they’re safe. – Rosemary

Note: Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.


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