Boneham Aged Care
Boneham Aged Care
The project comprised 40 additional residential aged care beds, significant refurbishment of the existing 50 beds, and upgraded kitchen and laundry. The opportunities for improved efficiencies in operating costs and staffing levels, as well as improving the amenity of the facilities for both new and existing residents, were realised.
A new main entrance and central avenue joins the new with the existing rooms, and gives all residents good access to new Activities Lounge, Hairdresser, Consulting and Therapy Rooms, as well as the existing common facilities including the Activity Hall, and improved access to the popular Courtyard Café which is open to the public.
The design considers the Eden Alternative principles, a philosophy which aims to place decision making as much as possible in the hands of the residents, especially around the level of activities, and interaction with other residents, the staff, families and the wider community. Bedrooms are small clusters and Dining Rooms set up for small groups. Reported benefits include reduction in medication usage, improved resident wellbeing and improved staff retention rates
In this regard the design is ahead if its time, with the improved efficiencies and access to a wide variety of community facilities providing the flexibility which is necessary to meet the current government drive towards Consumer Directed Care in residential care.
The new building is complementary in scale to the existing buildings to create a unified and cohesive building form across the site, but has a contemporary aesthetic. The bedrooms are large, and have full-height bay windows which provide additional sitting space, connection with the landscaped gardens and courtyards, and high levels of natural light right through the grey south-east winters.
This is a response to the widely accepted Biophilia Hypothesis that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living things, and that close connection with the natural environment indeed has tangible benefits to the health and well-being of the residents.
The project includes a dementia-specific secure unit. We undertook a rigorous application of the Evidence-based Principles for the design of environments for providing care aimed at maintaining the abilities of people with dementia, to refine the layout of the secure unit which is secure, the right size, and has appropriate levels of visual access, helpful stimulation, familiarity, planned wandering, privacy and links to community. There is a secure sensory garden for planned wandering, with arbor, rotunda and raised garden beds.