Richard Hearn, Chief Executive Officer, says, ‘On behalf of Resthaven, I was really pleased to receive a Commendation Award by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) at the 2018 Better Practice Awards in Sydney.’
‘It is the third year in a row that Resthaven has been acknowledged through the Better Practice Awards for our commitment to innovation and high quality aged care services. Such awards give recognition to the great and sustained efforts of Resthaven staff and volunteers in their care and genuine relationships with the individuals who invite us to support their quality of life.’
‘The award is for the ‘Restoring Older People’s Lives’ project, and how Resthaven designed and implemented a service model for the delivery of the new Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) program, led by Resthaven Marion Community Services.’
‘In 2017, Resthaven was allocated 17 Short Term Restorative Care packages by the Commonwealth Government,’ explains Sue McKechnie, Executive Manager, Community Services.
‘It is a limited time, early intervention program of flexible care, which aims to reverse or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people, and improve wellbeing.’
‘Working in partnership with each person’s doctor, the short term restorative care package is designed to offer intensive, goal-oriented, multidisciplinary and coordinated services over a short period.’
‘The aim is to regain physical and emotional strength and confidence to improve health and quality of life following a “setback”,’ Sue explains.
‘Short sessions of intensive exercise, with a focus on posture and aligning the body, and developing core muscles, have been beneficial to consumers. The supervised exercise sessions may be in the person’s home, or at a wellness centre.’
‘Another aim is to postpone the need for a higher level home care package or a move into a residential aged care home. The program has had excellent outcomes in this regard.’
‘David, who has Parkinson’s disease, is a great example of how the program can assist. He regained sufficient strength and balance to go kayaking again!”
Resthaven is able to deliver the Short Term Restorative Care program in all our service regions, with an ACAT assessment via MyAgedCare in place. If you believe this service would help you or someone you know, speak with your doctor or contact MyAgedCare in the first instance on 1800 200 422. Alternatively, contact Resthaven to assist with the process; phone 1300 13 66 33.