Village plan to lead the world in dementia care

City News Canberra

By Belinda Strahorn - February 24, 2021

CANBERRA could be home to what is being touted as a “world first” village designed specifically for people with dementia.

As well as 15 tailored houses, The Neighbourhood Canberra will have a supermarket, cinema, cafe, hairdresser and gardens.

The $40 million project will offer 24-hour care for people living with dementia, in a “multi-generational” residential environment that integrates with the local community.

Greg Fraser, a former ACT Health chief executive and board member of The Neighbourhood Canberra, said the soon to be launched concept was revolutionary and would transform dementia care.

Mr Fraser said research had shown entering an aged-care facility could create stress and accelerate the rate of decline for those with dementia.

“Lots of organisations have dementia wards, but it’s usually a locked wing and so there is very little engagement with the rest of the world,” said Mr Fraser.

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