A better way to care
Location Invercargill, NZ
Project Specialised dementia care village
Investment $10 million investment (estimated project cost $33m)
The Hawthorndale Care Village project is a not-for-profit aged care home that particularly caters for residents with dementia. It takes a modern approach to dementia care, based on the model of a Dutch care village, De Hogeweyk, and will be a revolutionary step forward for a positive aged care sector in New Zealand.
HWR’s involvement with The Hawthorndale Care Village came after director Scott O’Donnell’s father passed away with dementia. He felt the standard approach to dementia care was lacking and unnecessarily institutional.
Through O’Donnell Family Investments, the site where the care village will be built – the former Hawthorndale Primary School – has been landbanked.
This concept replicates everyday life in a suburban neighbourhood within the care village’s safe, secure setting.
It is designed to allow people to live in small homes built with dementia design principles, rather than a hospital environment. The proposed new village rejects the large, nondescript hospital-like buildings of traditional rest homes. Instead, The Hawthorndale Care Village will have managed and pleasant homes on a smaller scale, just like a suburban neighbourhood.
The familiar rhythm of a home in a safe and welcoming village community gives residents freedom and security having a positive impact on happiness, health and wellbeing. A genuine village environment with landscaped gardens and streets is proposed along with a range of residential care accommodation including integrated rest home, dementia and hospital care within the care homes.