Size does matter when it comes to aged care homes, new study finds

Cottage-style residential care leads to better outcomes for people with dementia and is more cost effective overall, according to a new study released last month.

The Flinders University paper, published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), found home-like, clustered models of care deliver better quality of life, lower hospitalisation rates, and lower emergency department presentation rates than traditional aged care facilities.

 

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In addition, home-like care is estimated to save about $14,000 a year per person, due mainly to reduced hospitalisation rates.

HammondCare chief executive Stephen Judd welcomed the findings.

“This research supports the type of care that HammondCare has been delivering for many years - small home like environments, with domestic kitchens and meals being prepared and cooked in the home, where there is easy access to the outdoors,” Dr Judd said.

“It shows that these sort of environments for older people deliver a better quality of life as well as less time spent in hospital - something we all want for our loved ones.

“But it is important to say that this is not just about the physical environment, but the social model of care and approach to staffing as well.

“It should be a no brainer for governments, philanthropists and other aged care investors to back those models that reflect the evidence, because at the end of the day, that's what will produce better outcomes for more and more older Australians.”

If you would like to learn more about The HammondCare Dementia Cottage Experience, register for our upcoming workshops here.

 

Sean
I Live in a Hammondcare cottage, i like the style of the cottage, got my own room and bathroom, the food is really good, a good outside area. 15 residents only
The Dementia Centre Team
Thank you very much for your feedback, Sean. We're delighted that you are happy in your home.