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Architect selected for Australia’s first dementia village

Australia’s first ever dementia village has received approval and will be constructed in Glenorchy, Tasmania.

Senior living architectural firm Thomson Adsett won the tender to design the new Korongee Village, which will be based on a typical Tasmanian streetscape that residents can safely and freely explore.

The village is a collaboration between Glenview, HESTA and Social Ventures Australia, with assistance from the Commonwealth Government.

Glenview Community Services chief executive Lucy O’Flaherty said 16 companies had applied for the project.

“From the original submitting firms, four were identified as having the prerequisite skills and experience for the project and were invited to submit a design proposal to a specific design brief,” she said. “During the presentation process, it became clear that Thomson Adsett were well versed in their knowledge of innovative dementia care design and, importantly, how a dementia care facility should operate.

“While Thomson Adsett is a mainland based firm, to ensure an appreciation of the unique Tasmanian environment, they have engaged the services of a local architect who has been studying dementia design as well as a Tasmanian subject matter expert representative.”

O’Flaherty said the village would also draw inspiration from best practice models, particularly Hogeweyk dementia village in the Netherlands.

Hogeweyk caters for 152 people, and includes self-contained households supported by aged care staff, and facilities such as restaurants, theatres and shops.

Lucy O’Flaherty will be one of the featured speakers at the International Best Practice in Dementia Care seminar in Sydney on 7 March, hosted by Aged Care Insite. To secure your ticket and hear the latest from Lucy about Australia’s first dementia village and other innovative overseas developments in dementia care click here.

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