Australia’s De Hogeweyk


Residents of De Hogeweyk village. Image by KopArt, Amstelveen http://www.kopart.nl/

Tasmanian residential aged care provider to open Australia’s first village designed for people with dementia

Korongee is Glenview Community Services’ proposed new retirement village to be located in Glenorchy, north of Hobart.

According to Glenview, the village will be specially designed to house and care for people with dementia.

Korongee will have 15 tailored houses, as well as a supermarket, cinema, cafe, beauty salon and gardens, reports the ABC.

It will also provide emergency call systems, security gates and lighting, access to meals, laundry services, activities and cleaning.

The village will be Australia’s first village for people with dementia, which will be based on the groundbreaking model of De Hogeweyk, designed and operated by nursing home Hogewey in the Netherlands.

Korongee is a collaboration between aged care provider Glenview, health sector superannuation fund HESTA, and the Commonwealth Government.

Glenview CEO Lucy O’Flaherty says the company has initiated the project due to the large and growing aged population in Tasmania.

“If we don’t do something now, we are going to be in strife. We need to be proactive, we need to be innovative,” Ms O’Flaherty told the ABC.

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