Innovative dementia village officially opened

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KORONGEE Village in Glenorchy has opened its doors, marking the beginning of a new era in dementia care in Australia.

The facility is based on a small house model design that utilises a tailored matching process for house selection of new residents.

This tailoring will address the challenges of institutional care and lead to increased social engagement opportunities and enhanced wellbeing for residents.

Glenview chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty said Korongee was a game changer in addressing the social challenges of dementia.

“This is an opportunity with a brand-new site to create something special,” she said.

“Residents will live with others whose values they share.

“The entire village



has been built with dementia design principles throughout, so a sense of everyday familiarity is much easier to maintain.”

The village is located 264 Main Road in Glenorchy, and features 12 houses in four cul-de-sacs a community centre, gardens, general store, café and wellness centre.

An important element of the small house living model is the inclusion of familiar sights and natural spaces, which can have a huge impact on overall happiness, health and wellbeing.

The landscape of Korongee reflects dementia design principles, providing residents with multiple visual cues to help them easily find their way around the gardens and village grounds.

“The design of Korongee has been created from its inception with careful consideration of research, technology, dementia design in both internal and external environments, as well as calling upon known and emerging good practice themes,” Ms O’Flaherty said.

Industry super fund HESTA invested $19 million into the Korongee project through a Social Impact Investment Trust.

“Korongee is a huge step forward for dementia care in this country and puts Australia and Tasmania at the forefront of a global push to improve the quality of life of those living with dementia,” HESTA chief executive officer Debby Blakey said.

Wicking Dementia Research and Education centre director James Vickers said the rapidly rising prevalence of dementia will have a significant impact across society.

“It is vitally important to reconfigure our approach to care in order to meet the needs, as well as support the dignity and autonomy, of people living with dementia now and into the future,” he said.

“The built environment and the way we provide support and care have significant effects on personal wellbeing, as well as the progression of dementia, and so the Korongee model is a vital development and will be an internationally leading beacon for innovation in aged and dementia care.”

Caption: Governor of Tasmania Kate Warner, left, and Glenview chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty at the newly opened Korongee Dementia Village.


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