Therapist’s programs lead the way
COMO local Elizabeth Oliver is a future leader.
The Catholic Homes occupational therapist received the Emerging Leader Award at a recent Catholic Health Australia award ceremony in Brisbane.
Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board chair Rowena McNally said Elizabeth had introduced numerous programs at Catholic Homes, including an independent living village in Belmont, and made them a successful part of the care offered to residents.
“Elizabeth has also ensured that the fundamental values of respect and dignity are at the centre of every program and care model, with a focus on individual choice and decisionmaking,” Ms McNally said.
“Placing residents at the centre of care and demonstrating respect for their individual personalities has helped individuals feel empowered and more in control of their day-to-day lives; this conveys a deep respect for the dignity of Catholic Homes residents.”
Among the programs Ms Oliver had successfully implemented were the Ashby Memory Method, which helps residents with impaired cognition; Circle of Men, which gives male residents a chance to spend time with male volunteers in an environment that’s often dominated by women; and the Montessori Method, which helps people re-engage and enhances their feeling of belonging.
“Elizabeth has not only helped to implement the Montessori program at all of our residential sites, including training for more than 80 staff, but she’s also given information evenings for GPs and health professionals in WA,” said Catholic Homes in WA chief executive Sonya Smart.
Elizabeth Oliver, of Como, with Catholic Homes Care Services manager Peter McHale.