Rural Northwest Health recognises the special needs of people living with Dementia. We have a 15-bed secure dementia unit at the Warracknabeal Campus called Wattle Crescent. However, we refer to it as a ‘Memory Support Unit’ because that is exactly what we do. We support the residents’ memory.
Services within Wattle are provided to all residents with a focus on providing memory support. The therapy program is based on the Montessori principles.
The focus for all Wattle staff is to undertake meaningful activities with the residents that reflect the resident’s capabilities, their interests and support them to feel valued and socially connected to all people with whom they come in contact. All rooms in Wattle are single rooms with an ensuite and a TV while the living area is communal and has access to a secure garden. To live in Wattle Crescent, residents require a diagnosis of dementia and the ability to mobilise independently.
Our award-winning memory support unit is recognised nationally and internationally as being innovative. We have a published research article on the ABLE model of care which we developed.