Birthday for pioneering Care Village
An innovative dementia and aged care village in Ngongotaha¯ has celebrated its first birthday, marking the occasion with cake and punch.
The Care Village was built to replicate a small-scale New Zealand town.
It has been designed to allow people with dementia to live as normal a life as possibly by living in shared households, creating a foundation of independence, home and community, with professional support and carers nearby.
Chief executive Therese Jeffs said she still had complete confidence in the pioneering model of care.
“The Care Village was built on the belief that there had to be a better way of delivering aged care in New Zealand, one which not only preserved the lifestyles of those needing care, but also challenged traditional institutional practices in the wider industry.
“A year down the track and I know we’re doing the right thing. Every day something happens where you can’t help but think, ‘wow, that’s amazing’. We’re still on a journey, but that’s all just part of blazing the trail.”
Every day is a celebration in House Four, Camellia Lane, with the six residents who call it home, baking or knitting, visitors popping in and out, and planned activities taking place — bingo, singing, even happy hour.
Julia Freeman, daughter of House Four residents Dolly and Bruce Atkins, said she had noticed a real change in her parents.
“I can see they’re much more relaxed, upbeat, happy and independent in this environment. Mum