New Dementia Unit opens in Braidwood

Mar 19, 2013 by

BPS Dementia unit furnitureThe Veolia Mulwaree Trust is proud to be a financial supporter of the Braidwood community’s efforts to establish a dementia friendly unit at the Braidwood Multi Purpose Service (MPS).

The new $600,000 residential living area, which was opened last month, involved the redevelopment of a wing of the hospital to provide a unit specifically for 10 aged and high-care patients.

Trust Chairman Paul Stephenson congratulated the local community for its efforts in securing the funds required, including significant community-based fundraising through the Doug Smith Appeal. The Trust contributed a grant $43,000 to the appeal to provide a range of furnishings in the new unit. These include recliner chairs, tables, a buffet, outdoor tables and chairs, a television, occasional furniture and new blinds, pictured right.

Nurse Manager Patricia Hemler said the project was to source furnishings for the current high care residents and future permanent residents of the Braidwood MPS in the living area that they all share, extending out onto the large deck area. The furnishings were to be dementia friendly in nature, with designs to create a home-like environment. Colours were chosen to create sociable times, encourage eating and add interest to the environment.

“Older people are best able to discriminate strong colours at the warm end of the spectrum, this was very evident when we asked the residents to pick the chair colours, brick colours and floor colours. The furnishings were all discussed with residents and staff of the MPS and consideration to be homely, and good quality that would withstand the everyday wear and tear,” Ms Hemler said.

“The furnishings include the blinds that were prints of the local residents’ abstract art work and when hung certainly do look very unique and brighten up the entire area.”

In addition to the Trust and local community, other organisations which contributed to this wonderful local project included the NSW Government, Braidwood Community Bank, Braidwood Central School and local service clubs.