HammondCare are specialists in dementia aged care
HammondCare has specialised in care for people with dementia since the 1990’s. We are now one of the largest providers of dementia care in Australia. Our dementia specific residential care homes and community care programs are widely acknowledged as innovative and creative, both nationally and internationally.
Wahroonga: A new, purpose built residential care home
HammondCare Wahroonga has been designed using internationally recognised best practice principles, to promote choice, minimise confusion and maximise independence for residents with dementia. Research shows people living with dementia are most comfortable in small, familiar environments, which is why our care home is comprised of six individual apartments.
An environment that promotes a sense of belonging and independence
Each apartment is designed to operate like a private home. This gives residents the opportunity to make their own choices, engage in life through activities they enjoy, find satisfying, and allow them to derive dignity and self-respect. You can read more about our principles of dementia design here.
A home with a heart
Each apartment is centred around a domestic kitchen and open plan living and dining area. This familiar, open space enables residents to take part in everyday kitchen and household activities. The kitchen is the heart of the home, from which familiar sounds and smells of cooking and normal daily activities, mean residents engage with the rhythms and routines of normal home life.
HammondCare is committed to an excellent food culture
All food is prepared by staff in Wahroonga’s domestic kitchens, with the help of residents if they choose to assist. Food preparation and planning is overseen by our Executive Chef and dieticians, who ensure all residents nutritional needs and tastes are catered to. Delicious, varied, and fresh food is available every day.
Care that respects the individual
Our vision is to enable people to have choice. We believe each person should have every opportunity to live as independently as possible, function at their greatest potential, and enjoy life as they want to. We recognise the importance of both physical and social environments for promoting independence, dignity, and feelings of comfort, safety and security.
Care in partnership with you
We actively encourage family and friends to be our partners in care. We want to create an experience based on truly knowing and understanding the person we are caring for. Relatives and friends are encouraged to assist residents in decorating their rooms with familiar photos, furniture and memorabilia to become homely and comfortable. Residents’ memories are precious possessions, and care is taken to help them remember their lives so that their self-esteem and identity are maintained.
For further information download the Wahroonga Care Home Guide
Wahroonga Care Home Guide 2016 (1652 KB)
"HammondCare has become known as the leader in Australia and recognised informally internationally as the organisation carving out the way in dementia care." Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary-General International Federation on Ageing.
HammondCare Wahroonga has been architect designed specifically for dementia care using internationally recognised principles to promote choice, minimise confusion and maximise independence for people living with dementia.
Wahroonga comprises 6 apartments - five with 9 beds, and one with 12 beds, with ensuites, terrace balconies, some with extensive community views, and a landscape garden on the ground and lower ground floors. All residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture with them to personalise their bedrooms. The bedrooms also have large windows with sheer curtains and block-out drapes, television and landline telephone ports, individually tailored reverse cycle air-conditioning, a nurse call point by the bed and passive room monitoring sensors.
Fittings and finishes are all premium quality, and accommodation is light, spacious and modern. Residents’ rooms are private and comfortable, and floor plans, colours and textures, sight lines and other key aspects are designed along best practice principles to enhance residents' sense of autonomy and dignity.