Exemplars of dementia design: Millvale Lodge

Photo of the children's playground outside one of the homes.

Established in 2014, Millvale Lodge Lindale is a 47-bed dementia and specialist aged care facility which provides care in three separate small homes:

  • Nikau, with 20 beds for people requiring rest home and continuing care
  • Tanika, with 12 rest home beds for people with dementia
  • Toe Toe, with 15 rest home beds for people with dementia.

The facility is owned and operated by aged care specialist Dementia Care NZ.

Photo of a paved path through the garden, which has raised flowerbeds.

Gardens and environs

The design maximises indoor–outdoor flow, with residents free to walk through the park-like surroundings safely and without feeling confined.

Photo of a small gazebo in the garden.

There are restful rural views, fruit trees and a vegetable garden which residents are encouraged to tend. The emphasis is on taking part in the normal activities of everyday life.

The design includes a playground for visiting children positioned in the centre of the gardens.

Photo of the raised vege and flowerbeds.

The country environment and large grounds extend the opportunities open to each person for supporting their physical and emotional health.

Care home size and density

Photo of the lounge area and kitchenette in one of the homes.

The three small homes each comprise private bedrooms, some with en-suites, together with a homely lounge, dining area and kitchenette.

Each home is completely self-contained, so that the residents experience a small cosy home with a calm supportive atmosphere.

Photo of two staff members preparing food in the kitchenette.

Kitchenettes are part of the open plan lounge-dining areas, as in a typical New Zealand family home. They include all the facilities one would enjoy at home, provided in a safe way: hot water to make a cup of tea, and a sink for the normal activities of washing up and drying the dishes. There is an oven, and plenty of bench space for cooking activities.

Residents are encouraged to take part in the running of their home if they wish, which assists people in remaining engaged in homely activities and maintaining a sense of purpose and value.

Photo of a kitchenette and view of the gardens.
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