AGED-CARE | Scalabrini’s award goes to the heart of it

Last night Scalabrini Village Chipping Norton was awarded the Australian Aged-Care Quality Agency's Better Practice Award for its Open Heart program, a wellbeing program which has had a huge impact on the village. 

They're also planning a free community dementia workshop next month. Scroll down for details.

Recognised at the awards event in Sydney, the Open Heart program is based on the premise that it takes a village to deliver good-quality aged-care. 

The program supports emotional wellbeing, in these areas:

Sunrise and Sunset: facilitated participant-led support and education forum for friends and relatives;

Travelling with Myself: program designed to give people tools to maintain emotional wellbeing and resilience;

The Lighthouse: partnership with colleagues giving one-on-one counselling to residents by students;

No One Dies Alone: resident-focused one-on-one nursing support for residents on an end-of-life pathway, with a special round-the-clock nurse available;

Circle of Love: community volunteer-focused buddy system matching volunteers to Scalabrini residents based on personality and likes/dislikes, so volunteers can help terminally-ill residents; and

Pastoral Care: supporting spiritual, emotional and cultural wellbeing of residents led by the Daughters of St Anne.

Village manager Fiona Kendall said: "We’re extremely delighted and humbled to be acknowledged for our efforts in developing and launching this wonderful program.

"Aged-care is rapidly changing. We’re entering a dynamic, consumer-driven and person-centred world where old paradigms of care no longer work. Our goal must always be to provide excellent care tailored to each and every individual.”

FREE COMMUNITY DEMENTIA WORKSHOP

Research by Alzheimer's Australia and Deloitte Access Economics suggests the prevalence of dementia in Liverpool is rising. Research estimates suggest more than 860 locals are currently living with dementia and by 2050 the prevalence of dementia in Liverpool will more than quadruple to 3802 people. 

A free community forum on dementia, run by Alzheimer's Australia and Scalabrini Village, is on Wednesday, September 20, 10am to noon ,as part of Dementia Awareness Month.

This year’s theme is “You are not alone”. The forum will give people a chance to better understand normal ageing memory loss and dementia. The forum will raise awareness of conditions that affect the brain, including dementia, and will discuss ways to maximise wellbeing and promote a healthy brain. It will also help families and carers and is open to everyone. 

There will be an information workshop led by Alzheimer's Australia and Scalabrini’s Dementia Excellence Team.

There are an estimated 196,490 people in Australia caring for people with dementia, with projections suggesting that by 2025 more than 255,800 carers will be needed.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death of older people in Australia and dementia symptoms are typically noticed by families three years before a firm diagnosis.

September is Dementia Awareness Month.

The forum is at Scalabrini Village Chipping Norton,199 Epson Road, Chipping Norton, on Wednesday, September 20, 10am to noon. Morning tea provided.

  • Details, bookings (essential, by September 13): Angela Vojnovic, 9822 4899.
  • More on Scalabrini Village: scalabrini.com.au. 
  • More on Alzheimer's Australia: fightdementia.org.au.
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