Groundbreaking Memory Support Village begins in Port Macquarie | Port Macquarie News

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Construction has begun on an innovative Memory Support Village which will help meet the pressing need for dementia care in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area. The Memory Support Village will involve the construction of the Community Center, a world-class Memory Support Village comprising of 12 townhouses, a retail village and offices. St Agnes Catholic Parish CEO Adam Spencer said the ongoing construction is the culmination of years of planning for the project. “It’s a great day for the care and lifestyle of St Agnes, but more importantly for our community. Not just Port Macquarie, or even the central north coast, but what we’re doing here is something that going to be important in the New South Wales region,” he said. “In 2008, we began planning the vacant lot next to our Emmaus residential care service on Colonel Barney Drive to better meet the needs of our community for elderly care.” With the increase in population of Port Macquarie and the third highest dementia prevalence rate in NSW, we focused on developing the concept of a residential village based on a proven and innovative model of care specific to the needs of people with dementia .” traditional models of dementia care in Australia. The 12 houses will be uniquely styled with residents grouped according to their life experiences and common interests. bathroom and living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room and outdoor spaces.”It’s a new way of doing things. It gives independence nance and preserves integrity,” Mr. Spencer said. “Father Paul Gooley and I are not only delighted with this, but we also want to thank our Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams and Cowper MP Pat Conaghan. Without their support, this would not have started. The project received $5 million in funding from the state government to fund the construction of the Memory Support Village Community Center in October 2020, while the federal government announced that the project had been successful in receiving 6, $5 million in funding through the Building Better Regions Fund last year. Ms Williams said the project was something she wanted to support. “My interest in dementia began when I worked in aged care with St Agnes Parish. I have worked with people with dementia and gained a real understanding of the challenges it means for people caring for them and for their families,” she said. “To see that we can bring this innovative care to Port Macquarie is overwhelming. To think that we are able to offer this is quite amazing.” Mr Conaghan said the village will ensure that dignity is given to people with dementia and their families. “This inspiring project will be the first of its kind in the NSW area, accommodating 94 residents in 12 homes set in a village-style environment,” he said. “When I saw this plan I was knew it had to happen.” With construction underway, the village is expected to be operational by 2023. more to ensure that the NSW North Coast becomes a beacon for dementia care in Australia,” said Spencer. ‘by mid-2023.” Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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