Liberals want to build a neighbourhood for people with dementia

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Deputy Liberals leader Nicole Lawder

A CANBERRA Liberals government says it will explore plans to for a purpose-built neighbourhood designed to encourage social interaction and foster a sense of belonging for people with dementia. 

It would be an Australian-first, according to the party, who says they’ll work with The Neighbourhood, to ensure there are no barriers to delivering a purpose-built neighbourhood that provides connected living, community, social interaction and 24-hour support for people with dementia in the ACT.

Liberal seniors spokeswoman Nicole Lawder says they envision a neighbourhood suitably designed for at least 15 homes that can each comfortably house six residents.

“It’s important to give people living with, or impacted by, dementia a sense of community, wellbeing and ongoing support,” Ms Lawder says.

She says the undersupply of residential aged care places in the ACT is projected to grow from 569 in 2020 to 693 in 2023, and more than 81 per cent of people in Canberra wait more than three months for a position in a home.

The Canberra Liberals didn’t say how much the design process will cost. “CityNews” has contacted the party for comment.

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