SwanCare’s new 124 room aged care facility incorporates extensive research in dementia-specific residential aged care design.
The design concept imitates the familiar concepts in the outside world, offering the analogy of a home, street, neighbourhood, village and town. Clusters of eight to ten rooms share dining, living and kitchenette areas and a protected winter garden allowing access to the outdoors and taking a whole-of-building approach to dementia care.
The circulation layout is simple, designed around an active central courtyard with few ‘decision points’, reducing possibilities for confusion, and encouraging daylight and natural ventilation.
Reflecting the need identified by SwanCare for some larger rooms that might be occupied by singles, couples or siblings, the facility offers choice and an environment that is purpose-built to keep people together in the latter part of their life.
The centre will encompass four levels plus a basement, offering clearly defined shared and private spaces for both staff and residents and a diverse range of indoor and outdoor amenities.