FINAL plans for a cutting edge Australian-first dementia
village in Glenorchy have been unveiled with works set to begin on the suburban
streetscape designed to recreate real life experiences for people living with
Built with the assistance of the Commonwealth Government,
Korongee is a partnership between Glenview Community Services, HESTA and Social
The village, located on a site next to Cosgrove High School,
will be based on a typical Tasmanian streetscape.
Glenview chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty said the
timing of the project highlighted the need to change how care is provided to
people living with dementia and no longer able to live in their own home.
“Korongee returns to the simple home truths of ‘it takes a
village’, pushing the boundaries in terms of doing something innovative and
different in aged care,” she said.
Ms O’Flaherty said one of the key elements of the village
design was the small house model.
“It highlights the significance of living in small houses with
people whose values you share and have something in common with,” she said.
“In large buildings, the sense of institution is unavoidably
present when you walk through the front door and any well-meaning ideology can
easily be lost.
“With a village like Korongee, you walk into small homes,
all with dementia design principles throughout, and a sense of the everyday is
much easier to maintain.”
Ms O’Flaherty said Korongee’s design would make it possible
for residents living with dementia to walk around the village and participate
in everyday life decisions which were not always available to those in
traditional residential-based dementia care activities.
This included such things as going to the café to buy a
coffee or heading to the supermarket to buy groceries for dinner.
In addition to the commercial hub, Korengee with consist of
12 houses, each with eight bedrooms that will be staffed by care professionals
who will help reinforce the authentic home-like environment.
Glenview commissioned the University of Tasmania to
undertake work in creating an evidence-based tool to enable a matching of
individuals and the type of house they move into.
This is based on values, demography and a range of other
“Creating an authentic environment is the key to this
cutting-edge model, with residents within each house to be matched by their
similar backgrounds, experiences, interests and skills,” Ms O’Flaherty said.
“The Korongee village concept draws on a range of national
and international best practice models, while contextualising this into a
uniquely Tasmanian experience.”
HESTA chief executive officer Debby Blakey said the
unveiling of final plans and breaking of ground at the Korongee site
represented a significant milestone for aged care in Australia.
“HESTA is incredibly proud to partner with Glenview on this
project and support innovation in dementia care,” she said.
“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.”
Wicking Dementia and Research Centre director and Glenview
board member James Vickers said with dementia emerging as the most important
health issue of the century, the rapidly rising prevalence of the condition
would have tremendous impacts 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
“The Korongee model is a vital development and will be an
internationally leading beacon for innovation in aged and dementia care.”
Caption: From left, Glenview chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty, HESTA chief executive officer Debby Blakey and Wicking Dementia and Research Centre director James Vickers.