The number of Australians living with dementia is growing - and growing fast. Indeed, it has been estimated that the number of people living with cognitive issues such as dementia will increase rapidly within the next ten years.
As a result, RAAFA has identified a greater need for accommodation specially designed for people living with dementia, which is why we are currently carrying out construction work at Karri & Tuart Lodge.
As part of this work, we recently closed down 31 beds within the Lodge, in order for construction to take place. It's great to be able to report that the new building and services will include a number of small community activity rooms, relaxation rooms and a beautiful sensory garden, as well as a fabulous alfresco area. The design will enable people living at Karri & Tuart Lodge to freely move throughout the building, as well as the garden areas.
This building environment is important, but just one part of the service. RAAFA's ground-breaking approach to care will encompass this new environment, supporting its focus on placing the person at the centre of their own care. Considering each person's unique values, attitudes, beliefs and preferences will help enable us to ensure people are treated with dignity, compassion and respect in a fun, caring and loving environment.
We will create a sense of community, not only for the people living there, but also for staff, families, friends and visitors. Indeed, we're all extremely excited about the difference this service will make to people living with dementia.
We anticipate the building works will be complete around September this year and we hope to be welcoming our first guests in October.