Growth hotspot gets dementia hub

Ella's House MandurahOne of Australia’s finest dementia respite facilities opened today in the City of Mandurah to be operated by Alzheimer’s Australia WA.

Ella’s House in Greenfields is a residential dementia hub catering for the growing number of people in the region who have been diagnosed with dementia and continue to live in the community.

Minister for Health Hon Kim Hames MLA, Trustee Rosemary Peek, local couple John and Jo-Ann O’Neil and Alzheimer’s Australia WA Chairman Craig Masarei and CEO Rhonda Parker all spoke at the opening. 

“This facility is a much needed expansion to the existing dementia services in the popular retirement region with one of the highest median ages in WA,” according to Alzheimer’s Australia WA CEO Rhonda Parker

Based on the latest statistics, Mandurah is ranked fourth in the top 10 local government areas according to dementia frequency and ranked first within regional WA in the number of people living with dementia and these results are because of its older population .   

With the number of people living with dementia in Mandurah estimated to increase by 509 per cent within the next 40 years, Alzheimer’s Australia WA recognised the need for a new dementia hub to allow for increased dementia service delivery to the area.   

“Ella’s House was made possible because of a very generous endowment from the Theodore & Isabella Wearne Charitable Trust. Such benevolence is something that makes you feel very humble,” she said.

 “With Mandurah becoming a major regional city over the past decade, the region has been an area of priority for us for quite some time. With the population growth and increasing dementia prevalence in Mandurah, Ella’s House could not have come at a better time,” Ms Parker said.

“We acknowledge that the Perth population is growing at a fast rate and that many people are choosing to retire in wonderful areas like the Peel Region.”

“Providing service delivery to the regions is part of our future focussed outlook as we continue to strive to be at the forefront of dementia care and be agents of change.”

For those living with dementia, Ella’s House will provide services such as home respite, individual social support, counselling, carer support groups, social support groups and day centre services and training and education to people living with dementia, their carers and families. 

It will also be used by Alzheimer’s Australia WA to deliver accredited dementia education and clinical advisory services to health and aged care professionals

Ella’s House is Alzheimer’s Australia WA’s third dementia hub, to add to the Hawthorn House in Albany and Mary Chester Centre in Shenton Park two of the best holistic dementia care services in Australia, , 

“Alzheimer’s Australia WA and the region is deeply indebted to this game changing generosity from the Wearne Foundation that will transform dementia services to Mandurah.  We will use the same person centred approach for Ella’s House to ensure it is as highly regarded as our other centres,” Ms Parker said.

All current services provided by AAWA in Mandurah are funded by Home and Community Care (HACC).

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