Retirement village Staff say big changes ‘not needed’ at Bendigo retirement village 

MANAGERS of the Bendigo Domain Village are looking to make minor changes after an elderly resident went missing on Sunday.

Eighty-seven-year-old Alan Hodge was missing for 17 hours in cold conditions after leaving the independent living complex.

He was safely found on Monday morning and was still recovering in Bendigo hospital yesterday.

Mr Hodge suffers from several medical conditions, including dementia.

A village manager, who asked not to be named, said staff would look at changing the way people were assessed as being suitable for the units.

“There are going to be no changes in the way we run the village because it’s independent living,” he said.

“There might be changes to the way we assess whether people are able to live independently in the village.

“At the moment, it’s up to them.

“But it’s also up to us to observe and make sure anyone who comes into the village is able to live independently.

“Sometimes someone comes in where one person is able to care for the other person. That’s OK, because they can still live independently.

“But if two people come in who are perhaps needing greater care, we will need to be more vigilant on that sort of thing.”

He said Mr Hodge was the oldest person in the village.

“Our average age would be people in their early 70s,” the manager said.

He said there were no plans to change gate opening and closing times, with residents able to “come and go as they please”.

It’s believed the person who found Mr Hodge visited him in hospital yesterday.

The Bendigo Domain Village retirement complex. Picture: Blair Thomson

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