Horsley Dementia Cottages.
Shone Avenue, Horsley NSW.


• 2 bungalow-style cottages for 9 residents in each, built as an extension to an existing dementia care community.
• Designed to serve as specialist dementia care units (funded by the Commonwealth) with purpose-designed outdoor spaces.
• Refurbished community facilities including café, hairdresser, and shop.
• Refurbished reception and administration areas

Construction Cost

Project Completion


Under construction. Late 2021

Design Statement

The project adds an additional 16 beds to the current 90-bed residential service offered in six dementia-supportive cottages already on site. Like the existing cottages at Horsley, the Stage 2 cottages utilise the best evidence-based design to support people living with dementia.

Clinical and institutional aspects, such as staff areas, storage and equipment are carefully hidden away so as not to intrude on the domestic familiarity that enables quality of life for people with dementia and minimises disability.

HammondCare General Manager Residential Care, Angela Raguz, said a large institutional approach simply does not work for people with dementia. “Residents moving into Stage 2 will benefit from the small, domestic care model shown by research to be the most effective way to deliver dementia care – with fewer hospitalisations and better quality of life,” Ms Raguz said.

“This development gives us an even greater opportunity to improve quality of life for people in need living in Illawarra.”

Accommodation will include single rooms with ensuites, as well as domestic-style kitchens where meals are prepared fresh, and generous and reminiscent living areas that provide safe access to outdoors.

The project also includes a repurposing of the existing administration building to provide additional community facilities for residents, their families and friends, including a hair salon, café, additional parking and a playground.

Bickerton Masters provided specialist dementia design expertise across both architectural and interior design. Selections of upholstery, window coverings, internal and external finishes all take LRV contrasts into consideration and enabling good wayfinding and approaches to each cottage.