NewDirection Care's "Micro Town" exhibits new approach to aged care
NewDirection Care (NDC) is showing off its “MicroTown” model for aged care at Bellmere, Queensland, saying it offers resident-focused, lifestyle-oriented care.
NDC Bellmere features 17 houses in an integrated community with shops, café, cinema, barber, salon, and wellness centre.
According to CEO and founder Natasha Chadwick, it represents a radical departure from “institutional buildings filled with dozens of patients”.
Natasha says that Bellmere is built around the values of individuality, community, relationships, respect and empathy.
“At Bellmere, we challenge the institutional model of traditional aged care and focus on enabling residents to live their lives as closely as possible to what they have experienced in their own homes, with the necessary supports to ensure their care needs are met."
“This means that residents live in homes according to their lifestyle, not their diagnosis, and are supported to be as independent as possible,” she said.
Additionally, care staff are trained differently, and function as what NDC describes as “House Companions”.
“Each house companion is fully trained in dementia essentials, medication administration, manual handling, first aid, personal care, nutrition, cooking, cleaning, laundry, food safety, customer service and more.