Dementia unit mak­ing progress

South Waikato News - - AGE AWARENESS WEEK - By ADEN MILES

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.

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