Carter Court build­ing new de­men­tia unit

Wairarapa News - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

A Carter­ton aged-care provider is a step closer to build­ing a ded­i­cated de­men­tia fa­cil­ity ca­pa­ble of ser­vic­ing south­ern Wairarapa.

Cur­rently there are no de­men­tia beds in Grey­town, Feather­ston or Mart­in­bor­ough and only lim­ited ca­pac­ity in Carter­ton.

In re­spond­ing to the need, Carter Court is build­ing a new 12-bed de­men­tia fa­cil­ity by ren­o­vat­ing and up­grad­ing an ex­ist­ing wing at the Pem­broke Street com­plex.

Wairarapa is cur­rently 13 de­men­tia beds short of what is re­quired and the ad­di­tion of these beds, which are lo­cated at the mid-point in the val­ley, will be of great as­sis­tance to fam­i­lies, seek­ing high qual­ity spe­cialised el­derly care, says man­ager Rae An­drews.

It is an­tic­i­pated once the fa­cil­ity is es­tab­lished, Carter Court will also be able to of­fer short term respite care for de­men­tia pa­tients.

A re­cent $50,000 grant from Trust House means that fund­ing for the project is now over the half-way stage.

‘‘We are just so grate­ful to Trust House, $50,000 is a sig­nif­i­cant and gen­er­ous grant and is a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to our fundrais­ing project,’’ An­drews said.

The to­tal cost of the project is $358,000, and sub­ject to fund­ing, work is sched­uled to get un­der­way this year.

The new build will in­cor­po­rate some of the ex­ist­ing ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment made up of es­tab­lished gar­dens and an or­chard.

There will also be a land­scaped/scented cir­cu­lar walk, which is im­por­tant for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers as it pro­vides a point of ori­en­ta­tion and thus re­duces anx­i­ety and associated ag­i­ta­tion, An­drews said.

Ac­cord­ing to 2015 statistics there were around 53,500 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in New Zealand. In the ab­sence of a cure this num­ber is ex­pected to nearly triple by 2050.

De­men­tia is an um­brella term used to de­scribe a group of con­di­tions that af­fect how well our brains work.

An­drews said they have res­i­dents now who have an el­e­ment of de­men­tia.

‘‘At the mo­ment we can safely care for these res­i­dents, but once res­i­dents aren’t safe in an in­de­pen­dent en­vi­ron­ment they need to be in a se­cure fa­cil­ity that pro­vides that ad­di­tional care, safety and se­cu­rity.’’

Carter Court fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor Anne Han­nah and man­ager Rae An­drews.

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