The design of the new $28 million, two-storey centre at Selwyn Village has been inspired by the most innovative thinking in residential aged care provision and service delivery.
‘In designing the layout of the building and planning the services to be offered, we’ve looked to international best practice, with the aim of reinventing how residential aged care is provided in New Zealand,’ says Garry Smith, The Selwyn Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer.
‘By having small communities or ‘households’ of twelve residents within the larger community of the care home, the new residence will provide an environment where people who live there have a real sense of belonging and are truly at home.’
Each household will function like a home: residents will have their own room with ensuite, which will open onto a large lounge and dining/kitchen area, with care staff there to support life in the household. One of the households will be slightly larger than the others and is designed for eighteen people with dementia. The building will also include a large community hub which will have a multi-functional room for hobbies and recreation, a café, shop, clinic, hairdresser and place for worship, for all to enjoy. There will be on-site parking for visitors and staff, in addition, as well as extensive landscaping