Living with dementia: Take a stroll down 'Memory Lanes'
A WALK down memory lane is recording impressive results for people living with dementia at Palm Lake Care Bethania's Memory Support Community.
Affectionally known as "Memory Lanes", the facility, in an Australian-first, encourages a "person-centred" model, allowing residents to be more in control of their day.
"The built environment here encourages social contact," Palm Lake Care general manager Kevin Landles said.
"Residents are finding the free-roaming nature of the environment motivating. Memory Lanes is restoring residents' roles and value in society and the result is increased socialisation.
"It's a true community in every sense of the word."
The facility creates a sense of freedom that is steeped into every aspect of the residents' lives.
Bed times are flexible, long lunches are enjoyed, residents choose their activities, movement between buildings and amenities is easy and innovative. Even the nurses' uniforms have been scaled back to encourage a greater feeling of equality.
The property has also been designed to incorporate the ideals of the "person-centred" model.
Three separate buildings, housing 34 five-star rooms (including three couples' rooms), weave across the 1.5-acre site, coloured paths illuminate the way for residents, while the many attractions include an orchard, a shady gazebo and a men's shed.
"Palm Lake Care is committed to making a significant difference in the way our services provide support for people with memory issues," Landles said.
"Memory Lanes is a significant step away from usual dementia care and we're really excited about it."
Palm Lake Care Bethania's Memory Lanes facility can be found at 3 Goodooga Dr, Bethania, Queensland. Visit www.palmlakecare.com.au