Uniting’s Redeveloped Memory Support Unit to Support Australian’s Living with Dementia

on the Monday, December 14, 2020

Gerringong locals will soon be receiving further specialised support for older Australian’s living with dementia and other cognitive issues. The Uniting Boronia Gerringong redevelopment features a dedicated memory support unit, with 20 rooms for residents with dementia.

Households at Uniting Gerringong offer support utilising a household model of care which empowers residents to make their own choices throughout the day in smaller households of 18-20 people. This highly flexible approach honours and respects the wishes of residents by putting their needs first to make sure they are living the life they want to lead.

Each new room is designed with an ensuite and a memory box, well-appointed with modern furniture and fixtures. Bedrooms have direct access to the communal spaces such as a kitchen and living room, where residents can form their own household with each other.

Current Uniting Boronia residents moved from their temporary accommodation in the John and Helen Robinson building last week.

This redevelopment forms part of a plan to deliver more specialised care for residents with dementia whilst maintaining connections with the existing Uniting Gerringong home.

The completed Uniting Boronia home will see the Uniting Gerringong campus now offering care and support for up to 120 residents. This is part of Uniting’s strategy to develop a continuum of care that will create ease of access between co-located retirement villages, wellness services, assisted living, home care and residential care.

“The Uniting community is excited to provide further support for those living with dementia in Gerringong.

“We continue to look forward to serving the local community by providing them with excellent clinical care and lifestyle options.

“We see the household model of care as the centrepiece of our clinical approach that places a core focus on the dignity and wishes of our residents. This focus on wellbeing and safety is particularly important for older Australian’s living with dementia,” said Uniting’s Director of Ageing, Saviour Buhagiar.

Since completion, the Uniting Gerringong campus features a range of accommodation options in an established welcoming community. Amenities include a gym, café, salon and chapel. Each room is also equipped with a 24/7 emergency call system.

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