Central to restoring dignity for the elderly who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness is the building of a permanent home with the specialised care required.
Given the complex healthcare needs of this group in our community, innovation and best practice design of this aged care home is vital. Both the design and the staff of this ground-breaking venture will foster a non-institutional and home-like environment for 42 residents of HammondCare Darlinghurst. Each of the four floors will be its own home, based around a domestic kitchen. Each floor will be profiled according to different care needs.
The model of care for HammondCare Darlinghurst will draw on HammondCare’s expertise in residential aged care, dementia care and psycho-geriatric care. This is all within a framework that is personalised and maximises independence.
Case and clinical care managers will oversee resident care, supported by a multi-skilled team of health professionals including nurses, GPs and allied health practitioners. Staff will be trained to provide care specifically for the needs of the elderly who have been homeless including trauma informed care, dementia and mental health care.
We will support residents’ care needs as they increase rather than sending them elsewhere – this will be home.
Today there is nothing like this in existence in Sydney. With the support of HammondCare’s compassionate supporters, we can provide a solution for generations to come.
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People who are homeless have chosen this life.
Homelessness is more often the result of unavoidable circumstances such as family breakdown, domestic abuse, illness or financial hardship.
Homeless elderly people are men.
Tragically, 35% of the elderly who are homeless are women.1 Data shows it is elderly women who are increasingly at risk of homelessness today.
All elderly homeless people are alcoholics.
Some homeless people have issues with alcohol or drug dependency. But this is not the majority. Stigmatising people only worsens their plight.
It could never happen to me or my family.
No-one is immune from becoming homeless. One unfortunate event such as a marriage breakdown or an accident can lead to a ‘domino effect’ and homelessness.
1 2011 Census, Australia Bureau of Statistics 2011a