Little details show care at Edenvale

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A CLOTHESLINE and a stationary car will help make the $6.5 million Blue Care Edenvale facility a home away from home for some of its residents.

Blue Care's Central Queensland and Wide Bay regional director Brad Sadler said these were just two of the features included in the dementia wing of the 48- bed high care facility under construction at Glen Eden.

Mr Sadler said Edenvale was expected to be completed early in 2006.

Twelve of its beds have been set aside for dementia patients. Mr Sadler said Edenvale was designed to reflect the latest trend in dementia care which was 'person centred' and promoted physical activity and a feeling of security.

He said Edenvale would have a stationary car and a washing line included within the wandering path landscaped garden.

'This may sound odd ... but it is simple, routine-based activities in life that those suffering dementia enjoy and, most importantly, recall and familiarise with, making them feel they are at home,' Mr Sadler said.

'The garden will be landscaped so that residents suffering from dementia will be safe. 'Rooms will be individually alarmed to monitor night wandering.'

He said 'personal touches' would be added as these helped those suffering from dementia to identify their own personal rooms.

Edenvale was made possible under a deal struck between the Bindaree Lodge management board and Blue Care in October 2003.

Mr Sadler said the construction work was on schedule and now nearly completed.

'We have absolutely no concern that we will be able to fill the facility when we open in the new year,' he said.



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