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The Enabling Household™ Model

An elderly lady with dementia holding a babyOur dementia specialist houses are based on a new way of providing support, engagement and connection for people living with dementia. Our houses embrace a person-centred approach and create a day filled with opportunities to enhance wellbeing, create connection with others, support individuality and create meaningful activity opportunities that enable and maximise members abilities.

A day spent at one of our houses is tailored to each individual members needs, abilities and goals. It includes fun, meaning, conversation, maximising abilities and ensuring the person gets the most benefit both cognitively, emotionally and physically.

We have developed an evidence based therapeutic approach to providing a new way to offer support and respite to people living with dementia and those who care for them. The Enabling Households™ in Albany, Perth and Mandurah provide day and overnight short stays in specially designed dementia houses.

The experience of visiting a house is instantly familiar with the kitchen at the heart of the home, the smells of home cooked food drifting in the air, chatter and laughter filling the hallway and engaging and meaningful activities taking place inside and in the specially designed gardens and activity sheds. Our goal is a home away from home, but that provides a strong therapeutic outcome for every household member based on the latest dementia care research.

To find out more, read our article in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care.

Benefits of attending

Evaluations of our Houses have shown strong positive outcomes for members.

These include:

  • Improved motivation
  • Improved communication
  • A more positive outlook
  • Greater social connections (making friends!)

Equally as important are benefits to carers and families. While a person with dementia spends time in one of our Houses, carers and families can have a day, or a few days, break to recharge the batteries or carry out important tasks.

Knowing the person is being well supported, is enjoying themselves and their physical and cognitive abilities are being supported makes a world of difference.


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