Dementia village starts accepting applications for residency

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AUSTRALIA’S first Derwent dementia village in Derwent Park has started to accept expressions of interest for residents.

Work on Korongee started seven to eight years ago, with the dementia village expected to open in July this year.

Glenview Community Services chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty said Korongee Dementia Village will offer small house living consisting of 12 houses of eight people.

“People are selected for houses based on their typology, with a survey being done by the resident or resident’s loved one to describe their values, the things they like and the things they don’t like,” she said.

“This household living is more targeted at trying as best we can to ensure people live with other people who they are more likely to have something in common with.”

Ms O’Flaherty said she wanted the village to be more personal for the residents.

“The village is built for the purpose of feeling like a normal village, so there’s a small grocery store, hairdresser, gym, wellness centre, clinic, café, and a large community area that can be used for a cinema, church services, or community events,” she said.

“We’re also trying to encourage the surrounding community to come and have a coffee and let us educate them about what dementia is and isn’t.

“We want residents to feel like they’re part of a community.”

Applications entry to the facility will be assessed by approval from the Tasmania Aged Care Assessment Team for permanent entry to a residential facility, with applicants with the highest care needs being given priority.

HESTA has also provided $19 million to the Korongee project through its Social Impact Investment Trust, with HESTA chief executive officer Debby Blakey proud to support innovation in dementia care.

“It’s exciting to see Korongee so close to completion and getting ready to welcome the first residents, and we congratulate Glenview for the hard work that’s gone into the project over the last few years,” she said.

“The Trust aims to identify investment opportunities that deliver an appropriate market-based financial return and a measurable social impact.

“Our investment in Korongee will help provide a world-class facility to help address the big social challenge of dementia, as well as create jobs and opportunities for our members who work in healthy and community services.”

Caption: From left, Glenview chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty, HESTA chief executive officer Debby Blakey and director of Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre James Vickers.

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