Check out the latest AIA Living in Architecture Documentary on Glenview Community Services Inc‘s, Korongee Dementia Village in Tasmania, which goes into detail on the dementia design principles, that have put this project on the world stage, as one of the most profound dementia village projects that has challenged the legacy models and developed a holistic and person-centered approach to dementia care, enhancing the quality of life of residents, while supporting their families and carers to cater for their unique needs.
“Korongee Dementia Village’s unique design is a forward-thinking example of a purpose-built facility that supports its residents by creating a home-like, community environment. The clever and considered architecture provided by ThomsonAdsett means each home has its own feel and unique design, reflecting different ways of life for the people who live there. I am really proud of this project and am very grateful for the support provided by Simon Drysdale and his team.”
CEO, Glenview Community Services
Rather than institutional living, Korongee provides a small house model and a tailored matching process which has increased social engagement opportunities and enhanced wellbeing for residents. The small house model presents significant benefits for people living with dementia, revolutionising their living environment and overall well-being. By creating smaller, home-like residences within a larger facility, this approach fosters a sense of familiarity and comfort through clever design, reducing feelings of disorientation and anxiety.
Life at Korongee mirrors the community surrounding it, with each house being situated in one of four quiet cul-de-sacs which make up the village, looking just like a typical Tasmanian streetscape. The unique design of Korongee, and the way its residents are cared for, is centred on evidence that suggests small house living as well as connections with recognisable sights and natural spaces can have a huge impact on overall happiness, health and wellbeing. Because of this, the landscape of Korongee reflects dementia design principles, providing residents with multiple visual cues to help them easily find their way around the gardens and village grounds.