New ACT dementia facility uses 'household model of care'

With the opening of a third house, Uniting Amala now features two high-care
With the opening of a third house, Uniting Amala now features two high-care "memory support unit" households for residents with dementia. All households at Uniting Amala are under a concept they call the "household model" of care, which empowers residents to make their own choices throughout the day in smaller households of 18-20 people. Photo: Supplied.

The construction of a third care house at Uniting Amala's aged care home in Gordon has expanded supports for older Australians living with dementia.

The third care house at the site was opened on November 12, 2020.

This additional house has increased the capacity of the aged care home to 124 beds, with 40 beds in dementia-specific households.

All households at Uniting Amala are under a concept they refer to as the "household model" of care, which they say empowers residents to make their own choices throughout the day in smaller households of 18-20 people.

"We see the household model of care as the centrepiece of our clinical approach that puts the dignity and wishes of our residents at its centre," said Simon Furness, the organisation's director of property and housing.

This is "Something that is particularly important for older Australians living with dementia," he added.

This highly flexible approach honours and respects the wishes of residents by putting their needs first to make sure that they are living the life they want to lead.

With the construction of the new care house, Uniting Amala will now feature two high-care, memory support unit households for residents with dementia.

On the day of the opening the facility celebrated by welcoming more residents into their new home.

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

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

Uniting is one of the largest providers of residential aged care in NSW and ACT, operating more than 50 sites across the state and territory.

Find out more about the new facilities in Gordon by calling 1800 864 846 or visit uniting.org/amala.

SHARE