PresCare Maryborough is excited to announce they have doubled the capacity of their specialist dementia household at Groundwater Lodge. This community is now able to support 20 aged care residents with advanced memory support needs.
Residential Service Manager, Judy Fisher, says this increased capacity represents an important added service for the local community.
“The number of older Australians living with dementia is continuing to rise. This means more families are being challenged by the demands of caring for their loved one affected by dementia,” said Judy.
“At Groundwater Lodge, our staff are specially trained to offer expert, around-the-clock support for residents with moderate to severe memory loss.
“Our Nurses, Carers and Lifestyle teams are equipped with the experience and tools to help these residents remain comfortable, active and enjoying life as much as possible.”
The 20-bed secure dementia household is currently undergoing a program of enhancements, including a refurbishment of the generous outdoor spaces to include a new bird aviary, a sensory garden and vegie patches, and a memory wall to spark reminiscing and conversation.
“Apollo Care is using a landscape designer with a special interest in aged care and dementia to design these garden enhancements, to ensure residents will find them engaging and soothing,” said Judy.
Lifestyle Officer, Robyne Cuerel, says that careful consideration goes into developing a lifestyle program specifically for dementia residents.
“Residents with dementia often find that sensory experiences involving hearing, smell and touch are calming and enjoyable. We offer many music therapy activities, art therapy and a range of outdoor activities utilising our lovely open spaces at Groundwater,” said Robyne.
“We even have a beautiful therapy dog who visits the residents, sitting on their laps and giving them cuddles. The residents really light up when she visits, and they love patting her.”
PresCare’s dementia household comprises private rooms with private ensuites. Residents are welcomed on a permanent or short-term respite basis.
PresCare is part of the Apollo Care Alliance, an innovative national aged care provider preserving the unique purpose of regional not-for-profit providers that play a valuable role in their local community.
Learn more about Groundwater Lodge at prescare.org.au or by calling the Admissions Team on (07) 4120 5800
For further information contact:
Residential Service Manager
(07) 4120 5800