An Australian study examining different residential aged care models revealed that ‘older people who are living in smaller home-like facilities experience better quality of life and are likely to have fewer hospital admissions’.
According to findings of this research, better quality of life for the residential aged care residents was provided without an increase in the running costs of facilities.
The research was funded by ‘the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC)’ and engaged 541 people living in 17 residential aged care facilities in four different states of Australia. The project engaged a high proportion of people with dementia. The findings are published in the ‘Medical Journal of Australia’, and also presented by Dr Suzanne Dyer at the ‘International Dementia Conference in Sydney’.
At Grey Space, our focus has always been on improving residents’ quality of life, health and wellbeing, while helping aged care providers to achieve better aged care models through design and planning. Providing a ‘HOME-LIKE ENVIRONMENT’ for residents, including those with Dementia, is one of the main aims we have at Grey Space when designing residential aged care facilities.
Have a look at the links below for the full article about the benefits of a ‘home-like aged care environment’ as well as some Grey Space residential aged care designs.