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philosophy which underpins our ser vices,
helping staff gain an in-depth understanding
of the residents, their history, their likes
and dislikes, and also to understand their
behaviours,” says McNally.
More like home
The SRV approach can be experienced through
AQ’s extensive program of refurbishment across
their existing homes and respite centres.
This approach to design and aesthetics
challenges standard aged care thinking by
delivering an innovative design response
specifically for people living with dementia,
according to in-house senior design manager,
“We have made a significant commitment to
upgrading facilities by catering to the individual
needs of residents and improving their living
environment. This innovative approach comes
from having a role permanently within the
organisation for a senior designer, who is
embedded in the culture and philosophy of
care, working alongside architects and various
consultants to realise our vision and build these
features into the design,” says Sparti.
Furniture and decorative items play an
important role in creating a homely environment.
“The selection process is quite detailed as it needs
to satisfy a number of practical considerations in
terms of ergonomics and hygiene while delivering
a homelike aesthetic.”
Artwork and furniture are sourced from a
number of suppliers, combined within spaces
providing an eclectic interior, to give the impression
the items have been collected over time, she says.
Garden City Aged Care has undergone a series
of staged refurbishments commencing with a
major upgrade to the 14-bed dementia secure
home, hostel rooms, and public gathering spaces,
where meals are eaten and residents socialise.
Similarly, at Windsor Aged Care, areas have been
refurbished with new furniture and artwork.
Sparti says like many aged care facilities in the
past, existing spaces at both these sites “were
institutionalised, outdated and lacked warmth
with internal layouts not contributing to a
By analysing the spaces and associated
functions, along with carefully considered
planning, spaces have been remodelled and new
designs have built-in features that add value to
residents and visitors, she says.
“The design model is centred on building a
series of domestic zones where small groups of
residents can gather to socialise and take part
in activities. The environment is designed to
add value to their lifestyle, providing elements
of choice for everyday living with interiors,
materials and furniture selected to support the
living environment and the needs of the people
who live there.”
Major construction is underway at Rosalie
Nursing Care with a rebuild of all rooms and
amenities based on dementia design principles.
This facility is located in the inner city where
demand is high. Byron Aged Care is also slated
to have further room refurbishments to improve
the scope of ageing in place for residents to avoid
them having to shift from one section of the
home to another.
According to Sparti, it is essential that the
homes respond to the climate, where connection
to external spaces allows residents to enjoy
outdoor living, as well as enabling meaningful
activities like growing and picking fresh
vegetables and flowers.
“The interior design within the refurbished
facilities includes a domestic kitchen where
residents can take part in baking with staff,
with safe access for making tea and entertaining
visitors. The zoning of spaces gives residents and
families the opportunity for privacy, with built-in
comfort and modern-day facilities that encourage
families and friends to stay,” says Sparti.
Dementia design informs
innovative new build
Until now, AQ has redeveloped and refurbished
existing aged care homes it has purchased.
However, that is about to change with the
organisation developing a new home to be
Before and After
Garden City Aged Care
refurbishments – a
boutique hotel feel
Byron Aged Care
refurbished outdoor areas
– functional and inviting
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