Austral village leading the aged care move

Industry first: The state's first transition nurse Anna Saad with resident Joe Diballa at Scalabrini Village Austral. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Industry first: The state's first transition nurse Anna Saad with resident Joe Diballa at Scalabrini Village Austral. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

FOR many it can be daunting to have to send a parent or loved one to an aged care facility.

That's why one local aged care provider has introduced a new type of nurse — one whose role is to ease this transition.

Scalabrini Village Austral has implemented NSW's first "transition nurse".

Their role is to provide a first line of support for the new resident and their family.

Anna Saad, from Middleton Grange, was selected to be Scalabrini's first transition nurse.

"A lot of families find it quite difficult to send a family member here and feel like they're a doing something wrong," Ms Saad said.

"So I will talk to them and help their family members settle in.

"I check on the residents everyday and cater for their individual needs."

The new role has been endorsed by the Nurses Union, and will soon be implemented at all of Scalabrini's villages in NSW.

"I think my role is very important," Ms Saad said. "Especially now that I have seen the difference it makes."

Scalabrini Village Austral manager Alasdair Croyden said people tended to focus on clinical issues and not the life of the resident.

He said the clinical care was the smallest part.

"This role makes more of a difference to the families," Mr Croyden said. "It can be just as hard for them to go through the transition.

"Most of the time they need someone to talk to rather than just information, and that is something only Anna can offer."

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