Waldegrave House is a low-care home for people with dementia. It houses 24 residents, who each have their own private room and ensuite bathroom.
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, familiar 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.
Common areas and living spaces
Like a residential home, Waldegrave House has a range of common spaces, allowing residents to choose where and with whom they spend their time.
Waldegrave House is made up of two households that each contain 12 single rooms. The common areas of the households include:
- A household kitchen
- Lounge and dining area with TV/ DVD and sound system
- A sunroom with a TV/DVD
- A laundry room
- Large and secure garden area (30 x 30m) shared between the two households
Each household is a 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.
The open plan lounge and dining area is small and familiar, rather than institutional. They contain small tables that can be moved around to suit resident needs and preferences, and a variety of chairs, recliners and lounges catering to different needs. There is good natural light, and views to the garden.
The sun rooms have lounge chairs and a small table, providing a common space that still affords some privacy. Residents often use these rooms to sit and read, watch TV, or meet with family members for a morning tea.
The secure backyards are well-kept, and have outdoor tables and chairs. Residents often use these spaces to meet with family and friends.
The backyards also have barbecues, small pergolas, a rose-garden, and raised garden beds. All paths through the garden lead back to the common areas, and the gardens are kept in very good condition.
Rooms and accommodation
The bedrooms and bathrooms in the HammondCare’s Waldegrave House have been designed to minimise confusion and maximise independence and comfort for residents.
For example, memory boards with 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.
All residents are provided with an electric bed, but are welcome to bring their own bed if they prefer. Residents are also encouraged to bring other furniture and furnishings with them to personalise their bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms at Waldegrave House has a large built-in wardrobe, and two large windows with a garden view.
All the bedrooms in Waldegrave House have an ongoing maintenance program to ensure that they are in the best possible condition for residents. All rooms are carpeted, and the carpet is in good condition.
Waldegrave House for couples
Waldegrave House 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.
All the bedrooms in Waldegrave House have a private ensuite bathroom. The ensuite bathrooms are in good condition and are equipped with an easy-access toilet, a basin and vanity unit, an accessible shower unit, wide access door, and a nurse call outlet.
Waldegrave House’s bedrooms and private ensuites are approximately 17m2.
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’ nutritionals 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 Waldegrave House. The meals are, by definition, home-cooked and fresh – prepared and cooked with our residents, in their home. In this matter, like in many others, we strive to make Waldegrave House feel as much like a home as possible.
Dementia design features
Waldegrave House has been built in line with best practice in dementia design, to enhance residents' sense of autonomy and dignity. Some of Waldegrave House’s dementia design features include:
- 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.
- 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.
Fixtures and maintenance
Waldegrave House is all single-story and has no stairs. There are nurse call outlets located at important points throughout the buildings and there is centralised heating and air conditions throughout the entire building.
Waldegrave House is located within the grounds of HammondCare North Turramurra, which is located at 10 Murrua Road, North Turramurra NSW, 2074 in the Ku-ring-gai Local Government Area. It is conveniently situated near several public services, attractions and health facilities.
It is conveniently situated near a local community village and several amenities including the local North Turramurra shops (1km), St Ives Shopping Centre (5km), Turramurra train station (4km), and Hornsby Hospital (10km).
There is on-site parking and a bus stop at the front door.
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