>> Let­ter to the ed­i­tor De­men­tia vil­lage still sub­ject to fea­si­bil­ity study

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

I WRITE re­gard­ing the head­line on last week’s front page, De­men­tia vil­lage is safe as houses (Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 31).

There has been some con­cern raised that the head­line im­plies the de­vel­op­ment of a de­men­tia vil­lage in Heathcote will au­to­mat­i­cally pro­ceed, with­out tak­ing into ac­count the find­ings of a fea­si­bil­ity study, which is about to get un­der­way.

The Heathcote De­men­tia Vil­lage Steer­ing Com­mit­tee is con­fi­dent its plans to de­velop a de­men­tia vil­lage will be con­firmed through the fea­si­bil­ity study; how­ever, the study may also present a range of other op­tions that the com­mit­tee is also open to con­sid­er­ing.

The re­port ac­com­pa­ny­ing the head­line fo­cused on a Flin­ders Uni­ver­sity study re­veal­ing the high costs asso- ciated with health and res­i­den­tial care for a per­son liv­ing with de­men­tia.

Our be­lief is the study’s find­ings strengthen our case for the pro­posed de­men­tia vil­lage, which would de­velop mod­els of care that meet con­sumer needs and are cost ef­fec­tive.

But there are many steps to come and more in­for­ma­tion to be gath­ered. Dan Dou­glass Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Heathcote Health

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