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Designs released for Repat dementia care facility

Designs have been unveiled for the Repat precinct’s new 70-place dementia care home in Adelaide, which will create around 500 construction jobs.

SA Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade said the development will create around 600 jobs for South Australians and up to 95 positions once the facility is open.

“In the shadow of Oakden, this new Dementia Care Facility has been designed to provide the absolute best care for South Australians living with dementia,” Wade said.

“It has been designed with cottage-style, home-like accommodation to care for people with varying stages of dementia and includes two nine-bed Specialist Dementia Care Units (SDCUs), one to be funded by the Commonwealth and the other by SA Health.

“The Repat provides a perfect location for this facility, integrating with other recently opened specialised services at the precinct like the Neuro-Behavioural Unit and the Specialised Advanced Dementia Unit.”

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Wade said dementia is on the rise in South Australia and that the new service demonstrated the South Australian Government’s commitment to implement the recommendations of the Oakden Report.”

The new dementia care home is being delivered in partnership with HammondCare.

HammondCare’s model of care aims to ensure residents living with dementia have every opportunity to live as independently as possible, function at their greatest potential and enjoy life.

HammondCare Chief Executive Mike Baird said the organisation was pleased to partner with SA Health to create a centre of dementia care excellence, designed according to international best practice, that will provide dignity and quality of life to some of the state’s most vulnerable people.

“This aged care home at the Repat Health Precinct is in line HammondCare’s mission as an independent Christian charity to improve the quality of life for people in need,” Baird said.

“The small cottage model of care, the heart of this project, is informed by research and more than 25-years of experience in offering dementia care in small cottages in NSW and Victoria.”

Construction for the dementia care home is expected to be complete by early 2023.

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