Car­ers en­hance skills

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

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.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d474611

Ber­nadette Sa­mura and Carol Dick­son

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