Over a decade we undertook major upgrades, in excess of $20 million, on the Good Shepherd Lodge, a large aged care facility in Mackay. Our aim was to provide an attractive well utilised non-institutional focal point for residents with a sense of community.
Our design was based on an ‘indoor street’ concept that included meeting facilities, consultation rooms, a community health centre, as well as retail outlets such as a coffee shop, hairdressers and podiatrists. As part of this project we also redesigned the Good Shepard Lodge Dementia Unit. Through its inherent ability to connect multiple destinations within the lodge, our courtyard design significantly reduced the number of reportable incidences involving dementia patients.
As a result of the success of our design we were invited to present at the World Alzheimer’s conference in Barcelona.