The Victorian Government is investing $3.2 million to upgrade the Creswick Nursing Home near Ballarat.
Funded via the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, the upgrade will include construction of a modern 12-bed unit which is purpose-built to support residents with dementia.
Based on best practice principles for dementia-specific care, the stand-alone unit will provide a safe, home-like environment adaptable to individual residents’ needs. Residents will be accommodated in single rooms with ensuites, situated around a central courtyard.
The project will also deliver improvements to the existing residential aged care facility. These include a consolidation of common areas and upgrades to heating and cooling systems.
The $350 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is the largest grant program of its kind in Victorian history. It provides vital government funding to rural and regional public health and residential aged care services across Victoria. This funding enables these services to continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.
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The Creswick Nursing Home upgrade project aims to achieve the following benefits:
The new 12-bed unit incorporates best practice principles for dementia-specific care.
It features a cluster of rooms around a central courtyard that can be sealed off from the rest of the facility, allowing residents to circulate freely and safely.
The interiors will include familiar domestic features to create a comforting, home-like environment. There will be rooms for small groups to promote a sense of extended family. Discrete safety features will support residents’ freedom while minimising risk.
The flexibility and variety of spaces will provide a rich and complex environment adaptable to individual residents’ needs and offering residents choice in how much social interaction they have.
There will be spaces where residents can socialise all together, in smaller groups, and in private. Instead of large single dining and lounge spaces, these areas will be broken up into smaller spaces. Residents will be able to cluster into smaller friendship groups, socialise with family or simply sit on their own.
Private bedrooms with ensuites
Residents in the new 12-bed unit will have private bedrooms with ensuites, allowing them dignity and independence.
The entry to the rooms will have a deep threshold to help create the feeling of a front door. Residents will be able to personalise their space so they feel at home.
Rooms in the dementia-friendly unit will be clustered around shared social spaces, helping to create a sense of community. The social spaces will look out onto the central courtyard. As well as providing points of conversation, the view will help simulate a home-like setting, creating the sense of looking out onto a backyard.
Access to gardens and landscaped areas
The large central courtyard will provide two generous external seating areas, encouraging residents to spend time outdoors.
Established trees will be planted for shade and raised wheelchair-accessible garden beds allow residents to garden. The courtyard will include plants that encourage bird life, create pleasant smells and give a sense of seasonal change.
Largest program of its kind
The $350 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, which includes the Aged Care Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, is the largest grant program of its kind in Victorian history. It enables rural and regional public health and residential aged care services to invest in modern infrastructure and equipment. This supports the services to continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.