Earth moves for lat­est rest home

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - AMELIA CHRIS­TENSEN-ROSE, WINTEC JOUR­NAL­ISM STU­DENT

‘‘It's like their own home. They can bring their own stuff.’’

Sum­mer­set is ‘‘re­ally ex­cited’’ to be in­clud­ing a 20-apart­ment mem­ory care cen­tre at its new Ro­to­tuna re­tire­ment vil­lage.

The vil­lage will of­fer res­i­dents liv­ing with de­men­tia their own onebed­room apart­ment in a se­cure en­vi­ron­ment.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Ju­lian Cook said Sum­mer­set is the first in New Zealand and Aus­tralia to of­fer this style of apart­ment liv­ing for peo­ple with de­men­tia.

The same cen­tre was opened by Sum­mer­set in Levin last Novem­ber which had been warmly re­ceived by res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies, Cook said.

‘‘These cen­tres pro­vide res­i­dents with the dig­nity and re­spect of hav­ing their own home within a se­cure cen­tre, which is pur­pose de­signed for their needs.’’

The res­i­dents will get their own lounge, din­ing room, bath­room and bed­room.

‘‘It’s like their own house,’’ Cook said. ‘‘They can bring their own stuff and hang their pho­tos on the wall.’’

The in­di­vid­ual apart­ments also make it eas­ier for fam­i­lies to visit, ac­cord­ing to Cook, be­cause there is more room.

Peo­ple with de­men­tia can be­come quite ag­i­tated if there are too many peo­ple they don’t know around.

But in the in­di­vid­ual apart­ments ‘‘peo­ple are more set­tled’’ which makes it eas­ier to run.

There are seven more mem­ory care cen­tres planned for around New Zealand.

The $123 mil­lion vil­lage will be built on a 6.4ha site on Kim­brae Drive, ad­ja­cent to the fu­ture Ro­to­tuna Sports Park and close to the soon to be de­vel­oped Ro­to­tuna Town Cen­tre.

The vil­lage will of­fer over 264 homes.

These in­clude a mix of two and three-bed­room vil­las, town­houses, and apart­ments as well as onebed­room ser­viced apart­ments and res­i­dents can re­ceive state-of-the-art rest home level care in their own homes.

There will also be an in­door swim­ming pool and spa pool, cafe, lounges, hob­bies room and res­i­dents bar, a com­mu­nal veg­etable gar­den, res­i­dents’ work­shop, bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties, and a com­bined cro­quet lawn and bowl­ing green.

This is the sec­ond Sum­mer­set vil­lage in Hamil­ton.

Earth­works have al­ready be­gun on the Ro­to­tuna site and con­struc­tion will start this month with the first homes avail­able in mid-2018.

The $123 mil­lion vil­lage will be built on a 6.4ha site on Kim­brae Drive.

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