New dementia-friendly home opens in Bray Park

Wesley Mission Queensland’s newest development, the Clear Mountain cottage at Anam Cara, has recently opened in Bray Park.

Designed specifically for people living with a diagnosis of dementia, the home consists of eight bedrooms with ensuites, a kitchen, dining area, living area, and a private garden with plots for growing vegetables and fruit. A selective colour scheme enables residents to recognise their own rooms, plus other communal areas of the home, while there are no ‘dead ends’ in the home, which helps to orientate residents and allow them to move freely and safely. The building also includes state-of-the-art technology such as a nurse call system, Wi-Fi, and live streaming and assistive technologies.

“This beautiful new home has been created using a foundation built on the Eden Alternative philosophy, providing a more intimate household model, where residents lead, guide and are fully involved in all areas of their life,” says Silvia Holl, Anam Cara Manager.

“In particular, the cottage has been developed to provide holistic support to residents who, despite their diagnosis of dementia, are still able to be involved in daily life activities. We know people living with dementia still want to be as independent as possible, but their diagnosis might get in the way of that sometimes. Our goal is to give residents a home where they can feel safe, confident and supported to live their lives the way they choose.”

Dedicated household companions will work alongside residents, building positive relationships with them to foster a sense of comfort and familiarity. A calendar of activities and events will enhance the daily lifestyle, while residents will also have access to the wider Anam Cara community features, including on-site cafe and chapel.

Clear Mountain is now accepting new residents. To find out more and to book a tour, visit the website or call 1800 448 448.