Dementia patients at home at the Lodge

29-03-17 Werribee Dementia. Pic of Joyce Hoyle. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

A Werribee aged care home is taking a unique approach to help residents with early to middle stage dementia stay involved in life.

Baptcare’s Wyndham Community Lodge has just opened its redeveloped Bill Featherstone House memory support unit, which has been specifically designed for people who can no longer live independently, but who still retain sufficient memory to function, with a helping hand.

Unit leader Tracia McGaw said traditional “clinical” elements of an aged care facility had been hidden from view, with the 30-bed unit made as homely as possible to ensure residents feel comfortable.

In particular, staff working in the unit don’t wear uniforms, and residents are encouraged to take part in everyday activities, such as meal preparation and tidying rooms, to give them a sense of ownership and independence.

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