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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.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 1300 313 000 or email ju­niper@ju­niper.org.au.

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