Dementia unit making progress
Rangiura’s Green House Memory Support Unit is on track to open in December which will make it the first of its kind in Australasia.
General manager Juliette Bell said the roof was recently installed and most of the exterior of the building has been completed.
Windows were also put in place last week.
The concept for the unit came about at the end of 2007 and includes an open plan, secure, community focused home for people with dementia.
‘‘The need for specialised dementia care is increasing all the time,’’ Mrs Bell said.
Waikato District Health Board gave approval for Rangiura to build a 20-bed secure care unit costing an estimated $2.4 million.
The Green House will provide a warm, comfortable, homelike and purposeful habitat for older people requiring care, incorporating families, community and staff.
Mrs Bell said the unit is unique in terms of its layout, interior design, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering care.
Its basic purpose is to serve as a place where older people can receive assistance and support with daily activities and clinical care, without the aid becoming the centre of their existence.
Mrs Bell said the South Waikato community has been behind the project wholeheartedly since its inception.
‘‘What the community possibly don’t realise is that this home belongs to the them, and it is for them. We are just so thankful for the amount of support and interest to date.’’
Approximately $709,000 has been raised, and further fundraising events are planned.
PROGRESS: Rangiura Home and Retirement Village general manager Juliette Bell said construction of the dementia unit is well under way with the roof installed recently.
BIG EFFORT: Fundraising towards Rangiura’s $1 million target is continuing.