First residents move into RAAFA dementia wing in Merriwa


Residents Maureen Alexander, Marie Hands, Carol Brennan and Clinical Care co-ordinator Emer Lawson. Picture: Martin Kennealey
First residents move into RAAFA dementia wing in Merriwa
First residents move into RAAFA dementia wing in Merriwa
Residents Maureen Alexander, Marie Hands, Carol Brennan and Clinical Care co-ordinator Emer Lawson. Picture: Martin Kennealey

THE first residents moved into the Royal Australian Air Force Association of WA’s (RAAFA) $2.6 million dementia-specific wing at its Merriwa aged care facility this month.

The wing in the Karri and Tuart Lodge facility, which has been named Jasmine House after the perfumed, sensory flower, provides accommodation and care for an extra 32 people living with dementia, as well as more employment opportunities for care staff.

The opening sees the implementation of a ‘person-centred approach’ to care being offered to residents, which aims to empower physical and emotional wellbeing along with promoting independent decision making.

“RAAFA has been caring for elderly West Australians for many decades and we are genuinely thrilled to open Jasmine House and bring this dementia-specific wing to the northern suburbs community,” chief executive John Murray said.

“We have spent several years planning this new development, and to see it now come to fruition and the first residents move in is actually very special for all of our team.”

Designed by Perth-based Scatena Clocherty Architects, the redevelopment finished in September and the first residents moved in early in October.

The development on Hughie Edwards Drive includes relaxation rooms, a sensory garden and alfresco area, as well as cafe-style dining.

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