HammondCare Horsley offers both residential care and at-home care services. Our dementia cottages are designed to encourage autonomy and dignity, and are made to feel like a home.
For those who are looking for at-home care, our HammondCare At Home services offer a number of ways to help older people and people living with dementia to remain at home for longer.
For more on Horsley's HammondCare At Home services, click here.
Residential Aged Care
HammondCare Horsley is a dementia care home consisting of six small cottages. Each cottage is home to 15 residents. One of these cottages is dedicated to caring for people with younger onset dementia.
Built for independence and familiarity
We believe that the best place for people with dementia to be is home. When this is no longer possible, then our commitment is to provide an environment that looks, feels and operates like a home.
Research shows people living with dementia are most comfortable in small, domestic environments. Our cottages are designed to feel as little like an institution as possible, and give residents an opportunity to engage with the rhythms and routines of normal home life.
Residents are encouraged to live and operate in the cottage as they would in a home: the resident is free to spend time in any of the common areas, and the buildings are designed so each choice is a ‘right’ one. This means there are no dead-ends and any locked doors are unobtrusive. There are many visual ‘cues’ about where one is, and where one is heading. To minimise confusion, the central kitchen and living areas are always visible from corridors or other spaces.
HammondCare Horsley has been designed using internationally recognised principles to promote choice, minimise confusion and maximise independence for people living with dementia. You can read more about our principles of dementia design here.
Younger onset dementia
HammondCare also offers a residential and residential respite service specifically for younger people with dementia at HammondCare Horsley. Residential and residential respite places are usually offered in Streeton cottage, one of the six cottages on the Horsley site. Streeton cottage is specifically designed for people with dementia. To read more about this service please click here.
Although they are small and familiar, the six cottages within HammondCare Horsley have a variety of common spaces, allowing residents to choose where and with whom they spend their time.
The various common areas of the cottages include the following spaces:
- A fully functioning domestic kitchen
- An open plan lounge and dining area
- A parlour
- Two sunrooms
- A TV room
- A backyard
- A domestic laundry
Each cottage is centred around a domestic kitchen and open plan living and dining area. This familiar, open space enables residents to take part in everyday kitchen and household activities.
Off these main common areas is a unisex toilet for general use. The bathroom door has a picture of a toilet, rather than the standard ‘stick-figure’ toilet signs, as these can be confusing for people with dementia.
Sun rooms contain lounge chairs and small tables, providing a common space that also allows a degree of privacy. Sun rooms and parlours are often used by residents to sit and read, or meet with family members for morning tea. Parlours also have a foldout bed which family members can use if they wish.
TV rooms have a variety of lounge chairs, a coffee table, a TV with a DVD player, along with a stereo system.
Back yards contain barbecues, small pergolas, benches and tables, raised garden beds and washing lines. They are used extensively for activities with residents, and family visits. All back yards are secure, and looping garden paths link the outdoors with the indoors, minimising confusion for residents.
The domestic laundries have a washing machine, a dryer, a basin and a clear door so residents can see what is happening inside.
Residents also have access to HammondCare Horsley’s other common areas, including:
- A central courtyard with birdbaths, raised garden beds and a pergola.
- A multi-purpose room in the administration block with a large screen for watching movies.
- A grassy area out the front of the facility, with gardens and seating that can be used for functions and entertainment.
In the HammondCare Horsley dementia cottages, back-of-house functions such as deliveries, trollies or equipment are separate from the residents’ spaces. This is to minimise disruption to the household, and ensure residents are in a comfortable, familiar environment.
HammondCare Horsley is all single-storey and has no stairs. There are nurse call outlets located at important points throughout the buildings and all common areas in the cottages have adjustable lighting that can be set at optimal levels for people with poor eyesight. The cottages also have reverse cycle air-conditioning.
HammondCare Horsley was built in 2009.
Rooms and accommodation
The bedrooms and bathrooms in the HammondCare Horsley cottages have been designed to minimise confusion and maximise independence and comfort for residents.
For example, memory boxes filled with personal effects and photos are located at the entrance to residents’ bedrooms to help them identify their private space. Within the room, residents have a direct line of site from their bed to the toilet, promoting independence.
Each of the bedrooms at HammondCare Horsley has a bed with timber finishes, and a built-in wardrobe with a lockable drawer and cupboard. While residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture and furnishings with them to personalise their bedrooms, if this is not possible they can be provided with a bedside table and a chair.
The bedrooms also have large windows with sheer curtains and block-out drapes, television and landline telephone ports, data points and reverse cycle air-conditioning, a nurse call point by the bed and passive bed monitoring sensors.
All the bedrooms in HammondCare Horsley have an ongoing maintenance program to ensure that they are in the best possible condition for residents.
HammondCare Horsley for couples
HammondCare Horsley has single bedrooms, but provisions can be made for couples. For example, couples can be placed in adjacent rooms, with one room set up as the couple’s bedroom and the other serving as a lounge room. Couples with differing care needs can also be placed in different cottages on the same site.
All the bedrooms at HammondCare Horsley have a private ensuite bathroom. The bathrooms are in good condition and are equipped with an easy-access toilet, a basin and vanity unit with secure, lockable cupboards and an accessible shower unit.
HammondCare Horsley’s bedrooms are approximately 16m2.
Excellence in food and nutrition
HammondCare is committed to an excellent food culture. All food is prepared by residents and staff in our kitchens.
Food preparation and planning is overseen by our Executive Chef and nutritionists, who ensure all the residents’ nutritional needs and tastes are catered to, and that varied, fresh and delicious food is available every day.
The model of having a domestic kitchen at the very centre of our cottages strongly influences the food culture at HammondCare Horsley. The meals are, by definition, home-cooked and fresh – prepared and cooked with residents, in their home. In this matter, like in many others, we strive to make HammondCare Horsley feel as much like a home as possible.
Dementia design features
HammondCare Horsley has been built in line with best practice in dementia design, to enhance residents' sense of autonomy and dignity. Some of Horsley's dementia design features include:
- Back of house functions – deliveries and linen trolleys – separated from the cottage environment.
- Memory boards with photos are located at the entrance to residents’ bedrooms to help them identify their private space.
- Residents have a direct line of site from their bed to the toilet, promoting independence.
- Direct line of sight from threshold of bedrooms to sunrooms, living rooms and kitchen, to help assist decision making and prompt way-finding.
- Door handles on the built-in wardrobes are highlighted to make them easier to identify.
- Colour-coded hot (red) and cold (blue) taps for safety.
- Toilet seats that contrast in colour to the bowl to promote independent toileting.
- Some lounge chairs have seat cushions and back rests with contrasting colours to provide visual cues to residents with dementia and poor eyesight.
HammondCare Horsley is located at 116 Shone Ave, Horsley NSW 2530 in the Wollongong Local Government Area. It is conveniently situated in a quiet neighbourhood setting near several public services, attractions and health facilities.
Nearby sites and attractions nearby include Dapto Mall (3km) and the Lake Illawarra foreshore. It is a short drive from Windang and Shellharbour Beaches (20km), Wollongong Hospital (16km) and Shellharbour Hospital (17km).
HammondCare Horsley is just 5km from the Princes Motorway and 2.5km from Dapto Station. The 31 bus route stops out the front of HammondCare Horsley, connecting the facility with Wollongong and Dapto, and there are 43 on-site visitor parking spaces.
HammondCare Horsley also has an on-site minibus which is used for taking residents on outings.
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HammondCare At Home Upper Illawarra
The Horsley and Nowra HammondCare At Home offices offer HammondCare At Home services in the Illawarra region of NSW. The Horsley office services the Upper Illawarra area including Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong areas while the Nowra office services the Lower Illawarra area, specifically the Shoalhaven.
Home Care Packages
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There are four levels of home care packages. Levels of care differ depending on assessed need.
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