August 16 - 22, 2015: Issue 227

 Launch of New Dementia Service for Manly Community

 General Manager HammondAtHome, Sally Yule, Deputy Secretary of Ageing Disabilities and Home Care, Family and Community Services, Jim Longley and HammondCare Chief Executive Dr Stephen Judd.

 Launch of New Dementia Service for Manly Community

14 August 2015 

A dementia specific, day centre for the Manly community, to be run by independent Christian charity, HammondCare, was today unveiled by Deputy Secretary of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), Jim Longley.

HammondCare’s Parkhill Community, on the grounds of Manly Hospital, will provide respite and day centre activities for people living with dementia in the Manly district. It is unique in the Manly region in catering solely for people with dementia.

Premier Mike Baird said: “Dementia is a major challenge for many older members of the community, requiring specialist knowledge and services, which is why this dementia-specific day centre will play such an important role in our community.”

According to latest research, in 2014 nearly 4000 (3,904) people live with dementia on the Northern Beaches and this figure is expected to nearly double by 2050 to 7,632 (Alzheimer’s Australia and Deloitte Access Economics).

HammondCare Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Judd, said the expanded service featured a range of measures and programs designed specifically for people with dementia.

“A feature of the extended Parkhill service will be the availability of specialist education and information for carers and the community, provided by experts in the area,” Dr Judd said.

“The Dementia Centre, an independent resource and research centre for aged care and dementia,  will have a specialist advisor based at Parkhill two days a week and an expert in younger onset dementia(YOD), based there  one day a week.”

Dr Judd said the community engagement focus at Parkhill means it is particularly suited to people with younger onset dementia (YOD) and their families.

“As well, operating hours have been extended, from 7am- 7.30pm,to support working carers and provide people with greater flexibility,” Dr Judd said.

Other features of Parkhill designed specifically for people with dementia will include:

• Interior design using innovative dementia design principles

• Meaningful engagement for people with dementia

• Food bringing enjoyment and nutrition for people with dementia

• Education, advice and support for carers about dementia as well as community information

• All staff have specialist training in working with people who have dementia

HammondCare began providing services at Parkhill in April 2015, following handover from Northern Sydney Local Health District and has refurbished the cottage to better serve the needs of people with dementia. Since then, the number of people accessing the service has also increased.  


HammondCare: HammondCare is an independent, Christian charity specialising in health and aged care, with a particular emphasis on dementia care and palliative care. 

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 Jim Longley with client Cynthia Lane, 80s, Manly, and  Parkhill Cottage Manager, Eva Jahromi.