Selwyn Foundation is the latest aged care provider to feature the increasingly popular ‘household’ format in the design and care delivery strategy of its newest development.

A new 90-bed residential aged care facility at its Selwyn Village site in Point Chevalier will feature ‘households’ of twelve residents.

The design of the new $28 million, two-storey centre at Selwyn Village has been inspired by the most innovative thinking in residential aged care provision and service delivery.The initial site works will start towards the end of March, with completion planned for August 2018.

“By having small communities or ‘households’ of twelve residents within the larger community of the care home, the new residence will provide an environment where people who live there have a real sense of belonging and are truly at home,” says Garry Smith, The Selwyn Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer.

The household design will also support Selwyn’s new ‘care partnership’ approach, which will provide care planning focussed on all aspects of a person’s wellbeing.

Each household will function like a home: residents will have their own room with ensuite, which will open onto a large lounge and dining/kitchen area, with care staff there to support life in the household. One of the households will be slightly larger than the others and is designed for eighteen people with dementia. The building will also include a large community hub which will have a multi-functional room for hobbies and recreation, a café, shop, clinic, hairdresser and place for worship, for all to enjoy. There will be on-site parking for visitors and staff, in addition, as well as extensive landscaping.

The design of the new development is age-friendly in all respects, easy to navigate and with accessibility features, so people will be as supported and as independent as possible. Residents will be able to lead as active a lifestyle as they wish and will have opportunities to play a role in their particular household – using the kitchen or laundry, for example, as they would have done previously – with family and friends welcome to be part of the life of their loved ones.

An increasing number of facilities are gravitating towards this ‘household’ model of care. Elizabeth Knox Home & Hospital in Auckland has favoured this household approach for years, as has PSC Enliven’s Chalmers facility in New Plymouth. The new Whare Aroha dementia village in Rotorua has adapted the household concept from its famous Dutch counterpart De Hogewyk. Other facilities have looked to the US-developed Green House® concept for inspiration.

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