Hakea Grove is proud to announce the opening of our purpose built memory care dementia unit.
Inspired by the Hogewey model, our new memory care unit will be one of the most advanced dementia specific units on the Central Coast.
The unit, “Topaz” has been designed to provide a safe environment that includes “dementia specific” leisure and well-being activities for residents living with dementia with an emphasis on sensory care including visual props, gentle massages, pet therapy, music, movies, grooming, scent stimulation, sunshine and fresh air. Since individuals with dementia may easily become stressed or confused, a special emphasis has been placed on promoting relaxation and well-being. This has been done by creating a place where residents can gather, such as our lounge room, lifelike murals on the walls and allowing for lots of natural light.
The design of the unit allows residents to wander freely both inside and out through to the secure courtyard area. An interactive space has been developed to include memory triggers such as mailboxes, a tool station, gates, vegetable garden, shop fronts, a baby nursery and kitchenette, allowing residents to interact and slip comfortably back to that part of their lives they best remember.
All the bedrooms in our Memory care unit, which are all brand new, come with ensuites, individual wall mounted flat screen televisions, air-conditioning, emergency call bell systems, views of our lovely grounds and 24-hour care provided by our registered nurses and care staff. Families are encouraged to personalise these rooms with familiar belongings such as pictures, ornaments and bedspreads. There are various financial options available.
Our Director of Clinical Care and Clinical Care Manager is responsible for overseeing the unit and supervising the staff who are all fully trained in dementia specific care. This training includes understanding how the disease manifests, knowing why dementia patients may exhibit disruptive behaviour, how to respond to it, and how to communicate with individuals with dementia. Our staff understand that due to different levels of cognitive impairments, that this unit must be flexible to meet each resident’s needs individually.
We are excited and proud of the benefits this unit will bring to residents living with dementia. We welcome you to visit our home and tour the new memory care unit at Hakea Grove. Please call us to make an appointment on 02 4346 0100 or click book a tour to the left.
Our team looks forward to meeting you and your loved one.