Special Dementia Unit as hostel: a residential care development in Australia

  • R.B. Lefroy Department of Public Health, University of Western Australia


As with many other aspects of health care, specialization has become a feature of residential care. In addition to well-aged units and nursing homes there are two categories of hostel care for older people in Australia. An account is given of the development of the Special Dementia Unit (SDU) in the form of a hostel. The advantages and disadvantages of this facility are mentioned. A close association of geriatric and psychogeriatric services with nursing homes and hostels is necessary to achieve a regional service as well as further development in the several components of institutional care.


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