Heathcote Dementia Village | Bendigo, VIC
“The 150-place village will set a benchmark for best practice care. It will feature models of care set around a real life, safe ‘village environment’ where the cost of using all the facilities will be built into the affordable price of living there.
The village will limit the risks for those people caring for dementia sufferers and, by serving as a medical research and training facility, medical breakthroughs implemented at the village will translate to wide-ranging benefits for those people whose loved ones aren’t living there.
The Heathcote township will also directly benefit from this significant development, which will generate jobs through the construction phase and ongoing operation. A number of local supporting industries will be critical to the success of the village and will also be able to share in the economic benefits of the project.”
Dementia affects more than 400,000 Australians. The idea for the Heathcote Dementia Village was born out of the need for a state-of-the-art dementia village to maximise the quality of life of sufferers in a safe and stimulating environment.
Based on a Dutch model, the Heathcote Dementia Village will be the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and focus on developing models of care that meet consumer needs and are cost effective.
Residents will experience the traditional healthcare system but also enjoy access to care farming (agriculture), healing gardens (gardening), nature conservation (eco-therapy) and caring for animals. Set up like a small village, they will be able to shop at a supermarket, visit the hairdresser, the theatre, and eat out at a pub or café.
Additionally the facility will be designed as a teaching/research/workforce development centre and employ 260 staff.
Not only will The Village maximise the quality of life of its residents, the project will also contribute to regional development. If successful, this idea has the potential to deliver an economic boost to the Heathcote township and district, expecting to inject $15M per annum into the local economy.
Following the Lightbulb Moments campaign, Heathcote Dementia Village secured a $150,000 State Government grant as a contribution towards a detailed feasibility study into the development of a state-of-the-art dementia village.
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