Aged care provider opens South Australia's first dementia village

With nearly 30 years of experience offering dementia care in small cottages in NSW and Victoria, Not For Profit provider HammondCare has opened South Australia’s first dementia village in the Adelaide suburb of Daw Park.

With a focus on relationship-based care, the new $31 million 70-place dementia care village at the Repat Health Precinct has been delivered by HammondCare, in partnership with the Federal and State Government.

In the village, people living with dementia will live in small household cottages and help with daily tasks such as preparing meals in their own kitchens, encouraging the residents to participate.

Two of the cottages, each accommodating nine people, will support residents with high level needs under the Specialist Dementia Care Program, with one funded by the Commonwealth and the other by the State Government. The other cottages support people living with varying levels of care needs.

HammondCare Daw Park is built around a village green, with an onsite café, children’s playground, hairdresser, general store, and older person’s exercise park.

HammondCare CEO Mike Baird opened HammondCare Park together with SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing Chris Picton, chef and author Maggie Beer and carers advocate Jeni Aikman.  HammondCare Board Chair Kok Kong Chan was also part of proceedings.

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Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the Villages.com.au and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

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Ian Horswill

Journalist

Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, villages.com.au and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

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Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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Jill Donaldson

Physiotherapist

Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

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Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

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Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.