Ther­a­pist’s pro­grams lead the way

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como -

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.

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