On Thursday 23 August 2018, Resthaven was honoured to be awarded the 2018 Better Practice Commendation Award for the project, ‘Restoring Older People’s Lives’, at the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s (Quality Agency) Better Practice Awards reception in Sydney.
The award was presented for Resthaven’s planning and implementation of the Commonwealth-funded Short Term Restorative Care program, and the good outcomes achieved in partnership with older people.
‘Resthaven has a strong focus on co-design of services in partnership with consumers. In restorative care, this is integral to the model, where older people and their carers display a high level of motivation to achieve their goals, through an intensive, eight week block of services,’ said Richard Hearn, Resthaven Chief Executive Officer.
‘This award reflects a strong commitment by our staff to develop new models of support.’
‘Resthaven’s Short Term Restorative Care (community-based, home care) model is nurse-led, with the involvement of a multi-disciplinary team and the person’s GP, all working as a team together with the person to achieve their goal.’
‘Results to date have shown that all program participants achieved functional improvement, such as increased mobility and confidence.’
‘The hard work of the Resthaven Marion Community Services team, and the leadership of Manager, Deb McDonald, were pivotal in implementing services and achieving these outcomes.’ I am very proud of the way Resthaven staff continue to embrace change and are innovative in their thinking and practice.’
Better Practice Awards are presented each year for projects, initiatives or programs that act as exemplars for other aged care service providers to assist and to encourage improvement to care and services. The Better Practice Awards recognise and disseminate better practice and innovation across the broad spectrum of aged care services.