Carers enhance skills
TWO local aged-care workers are now better equipped to target loneliness, helplessness and boredom among those under their care after participating in an internationally recognised training program.
Braemar Presbyterian Care’s Carol Dickson and Bernadette Samura recently completed the Eden Alternative program, where they learnt how to create an environment where the residents’ lives revolved around close contact with people, plants and animals.
Ms Samura, who works at Braemar House in East Fremantle, said the Eden Alternative was a practical concept of care that focused on the residents as being the most important part of the care strategy.
“(Loneliness/boredom) has been a prominent issue in that historically there is a concept that people move into aged care homes to die, but we aim to change this concept in that they move into our facilities and we help them to live and enjoy life again,” she said.
“We will do this by working with small teams involving residents, staff and family through goal setting and working on projects that enhance residents’ wellbeing.
“There is now more resident involvement and consultation around what they would like rather than what we think they would like.
“This adds a sense of meaning and belonging and we have already seen this happen from the projects already put in place.”
Bernadette Samura and Carol Dickson