THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, CANBERRA

Bringing world-class dementia care to Canberra

We need to radically rethink the built environment and model of care we offer to people living with dementia needing 24 hour supportive care in residential facilities.

The Neighbourhood Canberra will deliver care in a specially designed 'multi-generational' residential environment integrated into and connected to the local community. 

Our mission is "to establish in the Canberra region an innovative model of residential care for people living with dementia based on best practice environmental and architectural design principles and where exemplary evidence-based care is practised."

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety identified major flaws in the quality of care for people with dementia in residential aged care facilities.

 

Most aged care facilities in the ACT and region are institutional in style with limited access for residents to outdoor spaces and limited opportunities for social connection. This does not allow people with dementia to live optimally.

DEMENTIA STATISTICS

 

In Australia, 50% of people in residential aged care have dementia Dementia cost Australia $14.67 billion in 2017 and is estimated to increase to $36.85 billion by 2056 if its growth is not reduced.

 

Australia’s second leading cause of death overall.  

 

Women 2 x more likely to die from dementia-related illnesses than men

 

Prevalence estimates in Canberra, ACT:

  • Currently: 6,130 people living with dementia

  • Projected: 8,450 by 2028 and 18,900 by 2058

Of those with dementia, estimate 20% (~1,200) in residential care. 

To build The Neighbourhood, Canberra designed according to world's best practice principles

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RELATIONSHIP

FOCUSED

RESPECTFUL

ETHICAL

RESPONSIBLE

INCLUSIVE

TEAMWORK

TRUTHFUL

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