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People who live with Dementia can become anxious and frightened at times and may have trouble recognising people. Their behaviour can be unusual or awkward and they may find it hard to express themselves or understand people. However, feelings remain as does spiritual awareness. Visits can stimulate warm feelings, bring comfort and reaffirm spiritual truths.
Welcome to Synergy House: a whole floor of our aged care home at St Patrick’s Green, Kogarah specifically designed to support our residents living with dementia. Synergy House is a place where both human-centric design and a dedicated care team encourage our residents to live life to the full.
We sat down with Daz Smith, Director of Dementia Excellence here at Greengate, to talk about his care approach for our residents living with Dementia. Daz has been with Greengate since December 2017, and in that time we have embraced a variety of changes to our care model and the way we train our village care teams. Here is what Daz had to say:
It’s been a month since we opened our doors to St Patrick’s Green, Kogarah and the time has just flown by. Our first retirement living residents are already settled into the Village and are enjoying all of the free time that Village life affords. The Greengate team have loved watching our residents get to know each other better over morning tea in the café each day, and have had to exercise a lot of self-restraint by not eating all of the delicious cakes our Head Chef, Nelson has been preparing. Judith, our very first resident to move in, summed it up simply and perfectly: “St Patrick’s Green is a beautiful place.”
St Luke’s Green, Greengate's first Brisbane Village, has won the prestigious nettletontribe Award for Design Excellence at the Property Council of Australia’s National Retirement Living Awards 2017, in recognition of its incorporation of innovation around a historic church.
Located in Kogarah, St Patrick’s Green is a new retirement and aged care home designed to specialise in memory support for those living with dementia. Our experienced team is hosting an important discussion and education event for the community with the support of leading advocate, Sue Pieters-Hawke.
Meet Paul, our Head Chef at St Luke’s Green, Woolloongabba. Paul is a valuable part of Greengate’s Brisbane team, and not just because he cooks some of the best cakes and meals we have ever tasted. He has recently returned from his eighth trip to Mongolia where he volunteers at an orphanage, teaching young people how to cook.