THE way aged care is provided in WA is changing and evolving quickly and Juniper is delivering innovative ways to meet the needs of elders at home and in residential aged care.
Residential executive manager Dr Michael Preece said forward-thinking responses were in place at the organisation’s newest facility to meet the Government’s new consumer-focused aged-care quality standards in July 2019.
“Residential aged care now is very different to what it was even two years ago,” he said.
“In aged care, an individual needs to be the person they have always been, not just a name on a door.”
Dr Preece said this approach applied to both people in their own homes and residing in residential aged care, so the person was empowered to be themselves and live the life they had always envisioned for themselves.
“Living a good life requires trusting relationships and communication between care staff and management, residents, families and volunteers,” he said.
He said residential aged care required a shift from tradition across many aspects of an organisation’s practices.
This way forward is happening at Juniper Hayloft, the provider’s newest 100-place facility in Martin, and will be implemented across the organisation.
At Juniper Hayloft, activities specific to the individual, including everyday household tasks that are meaningful, are tailored to each person and leisure time includes pastimes that enhance their sense of identity, such as hobbies and gardening.
The facility provides many choices for residents and visitors, including a central playground and large light-filled lounges.
“A normal life is where kids can play outside and residents can sit with their family and have a coffee and cake and people come in and out like they used to do at home,” Dr Preece said.
He said most of the changes to aged care were driven by what children wanted for their parents and what the parents wanted for themselves.
“Families have a significant role in planning and delivering care for their loved one and are seen as partners with staff in the process of supporting a good life for the resident,” he said.
“Aged care is changing; our grandparents accepted what was given to them but that has radically changed and it’s happening now.”
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