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NEW APPROACH TO DEMENTIA CARE
Montessori is usually associated with school programs but for the
past two years Goodwin has embraced the Montessori methods
for dementia at its memory support units in Ainslie and Monash.
Goodwin initiated this program, following a visit from
researcher Anne Kelly who was exploring the application of the
Montessori program from early childhood to dementia care
under a Churchill Fellowship. According to Levy, Goodwin was
keen to examine this further and approached Kelly to provide
training for staff.
"We are the only aged care provider in the ACT to work
with the Montessori approach and the only other facility we
are aware of using this method is in Melbourne. The program
underpins our philosophy of care and we have adapted it to suit
our residents. I believe Goodwin to be an industry leader in this
area, and we are continuing to develop the policy."
This year, Alzheimer's Australia invited Goodwin to
participate in the Play Up program that uses humour therapy to
further patient quality of life and wellbeing. It began in July, and
the evaluation and assessment of that pilot will be published at
a later date.
Monash Green -- linking old and new villages (residence and
restaurant at left, original low-rise village across the bridge at right)
diverse backgrounds, but it means it is essential to provide strong
support, training and career pathways."
ADDING NEW MEANING TO
There is more happening in Goodwin's 60th year with the
opening of stage one of The Central, the organisation's newest
urban precinct for active and independent seniors. Stage one is
scheduled to open in September 2014.
The Central concept is in response to the growing market of
active and independent older Australians who do not want to
move from their homes into a nursing home. This age group can
expect to live longer in retirement than earlier generations.
In a first for Goodwin, this discrete apartment complex,
unattached to residential care, has been designed to appeal to
a new generation of baby boomers who are ready to enjoy a
Situated in the heart of the vibrant Canberra suburb of Crace,
The Central is located close to shopping and dining options and
parklands with easy access to transport and walking distance to
medical services. Residents can become part of the 'Lifestyle Club'
that offers exclusive amenities including a gym, activity rooms,
bar and business centre along with a dedicated lifestyle officer
providing a weekly calendar of events.
Another recent project was at Goodwin Monash. Asked if this
large scale development concept, as opposed to smaller facilities,
signalled the way of the future for Goodwin, Levy says: "We do think
that there is an economy of scale. Goodwin Monash has some 230
ILUs and over 160 care beds so it's a substantial integrated site but it
works as a 'whole' community incorporating our care residents, our
ILU residents the families of residents and staff. We will continue to
develop and deliver this concept as the opportunity arises however
smaller facilities still have their place. As we grow we expect to see
more specialised facilities offering very specific services such as
dementia or palliative care as well as step-up and step-down care."
The Monash project presented many challenges
notwithstanding how to connect and integrate the new
development with the original village that included
incorporating new ecological and sustainable design elements.
The eight year project involved six construction stages using
three separate builders that culminated in 223 independent
living villas and two residential aged care
facilities that deliver various levels of
care to the 158 residents.
On-site community facilities include a
club house with three-hole golf course, a
bowling green, café and hairdresser. The
clubhouse and each villa have solar roof
panels with the main bedroom, living area
and outside private space in the private
dwellings benefitting from a northern
aspect. Stormwater is collected from
roof and road networks that are fed to a
central lake where it is reused to irrigate
the extensive gardens.
The former site contained 73
independent living villas and a 66-bed
aged care facility. Goodwin Monash is
Canberra's largest retirement village and
one of the biggest in Australia.
And this new approach to modern
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