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Mercy Place Ballarat Opens Its Doors For A Look Inside


Ballarat’s newest and most innovative aged care home, Mercy Place Ballarat, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday 15 August and Saturday 25 August 2018.


The local community were invited to tour Mercy Place Ballarat — Mercy Health’s first aged care home designed and built around the small household living approach.



Small household living promotes independence, choice and relationships. Research has shown the small household living approach improves quality of life and reduces hospitalisation for aged care residents, particularly those living with dementia.[1]


“Our fundamental goal was to create a place where residents and their families feel at home,” Mercy Health Group Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen said.


“Eight people live in each household with their own kitchen and lounge area. Residents are able to help prepare meals if they wish, help choose their weekly menu and then go shopping at the grocer on site. Residents can even ask family and friends to join them for meals.”



During the Mercy Place Ballarat open days, people were able to tour the small households and explore the village square which includes a grocer, café, wellness centre and chapel.


The open days included entertainment from a local school choir, face painting, a sausage sizzle and the opportunity to enjoy a drink at the bar.


“Our innovative small household living approach and the building itself has been designed with dementia in mind and for people living with restricted mobility,” Adj Prof Cornelissen says.



“Residents can find all they need in the village square — meaning they can safely and independently ‘go out within the home’.


“Mercy Health is excited about the small household living approach and we believe the community are too since having had a look inside Mercy Place Ballarat.”


[1] The Medical Journal of Australia 2018 


Messages to: Kasey McCulloch, Mercy Health