Allity Conversations is all about getting out to our Homes and talking to our residents about food, lifestyle and every day living. We chat about the circumstances around how they became part of the residential aged care community, their personal concerns, experiences so far and advice on moving to aged care.
Coming up soon will be discussions that capture the perspective of family members and how the decision to engage with aged care for relatives has affected them. We hope you enjoy the conversations.
When Nature Calls - Greenwood Arts and Minds
Residents from Greenwood Aged Care in NSW headed off to Bobbin Head as the destination for their "Art in Nature" session. A popular Live Love ShineTM program, 'Arts and Minds' continually proves that it is never too late to learn, and no better time than now to reinvigorate your interests...Live every day, Love what you do and Shine (smiley face)!
Allity Teams up to raise money for Children in Need
Congratulations to Glen Hurley, Tomas Chubb and Ben Frewin who teamed up on 2-3 March to race at thel Smith Family Challenge on the coastline of Jervis Bay NSW. The event is an annual fundraiser to help provide children in need with school books, uniforms, shoes and other necessities that we often take for granted, but will make the world of difference to these children. From the feedback, this is looking to become and annual event for Allity as well.
Image: Tomas Chubb, Glen Hurley, Ben Frewin at the race start
Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards
Allity’s ‘My Memoirs’ intergenerational program has been internationally recognised and nominated as a finalist for ‘Program Innovation of the Year’ at the 2018 awards to held in Singapore.
Successfully piloted in our Walkerville Home in Adelaide in partnership with Rostrevor College, the English teachers and our Lifestyle team paired nine Year 10 students with residents to share and document life stories of their partnered residents.
A 10 week structured program was conducted in Term 2, led by journalist and lecturer David Chappell. During this time, students learned technical writing skills as well as life skills in listening, communication and building relationships.
At the end of the 10 weeks, students submitted their final written Memoirs to their English teachers as part of their English assessment. As the finale to the program, Walkerville hosted a presentation evening where students formally presented the finished memoirs to residents and their families.
Recognised nationally as a first in aged care and community immersion school program of its kind, My Memoirs is an Elective Program offered to residents in selected Homes as part of Allity’s exclusive Live Love ShineTM Lifestyle philosophy.
Lexington Gardens Open House
Lexington Gardens held its Open House event in March attended by over 200 visitors with lots of positive feedback. It was encouraging and extremely gratifying to have guests tell us that they can now see how Allity is changing the face of aged care!
We had the privilege of having the Mayor of greater Dandenong Youhorn Chea and Counsellor Sean O’Reilly attend. Mayor Chea, in his speech, mentioned he came to Australia as a refugee and lived in the Lexington village opposite our newly refurbished home.The Kids playground was a highlight with lots of compliments from visitors and laughter from the children enjoying the playground.
The Open House was great fun with lots of smiles on the faces of our guests and residents.
Image: Presentation at the Open House of donation to Dementia Australia from Lexington Gardens fundraising. General Manager Endy Nanette, Mayor Chea and Dementia Australia representative Marie Norman
Prioritising Education - Registered Nurse Development Program
Allity rolled out its new Registered Nurse Development Program in 2017 as part of our commitment to ongoing development of our RN’s over and above standard industry requirements.
Containing 6 learning modules over a 12 month period, it is conducted as face to face learning to enhance the clinical skills of our staff to improve the quality and safety of healthcare for our residents. The modules include: Comprehensive Clinical Assessment; Palliative Care; Medication Management; Wound Management; Dementia Care and Acute Decline. All of the courses build in the critical aspects of clinical leadership development.
To date, we have over 70% of our Registered Nurses across our Homes already booked in to commence this additional development program with the remaining complement of nurses scheduled in the upcoming months.
Image: RN training at Crows Nest Sydney
Pemulwuy nomination for ‘Best interior design’ at Eldercare Awards
Congratulations to our Allity project team and interior designers Meli Studios led by Julie Okerby for their amazing work in bringing our beautiful Home in Pemulwuy to life. Located in the suburb of Pemulwuy, the Home successfully combines contemporary design and functionality that supports Allity’s vision to ‘Change the Face of Aged Care’.
Modelled on ‘Hamptons’ style living, the Home is fresh, open, warm and inviting. Residents frequently sit out the sun-filled balconies, walk through beautifully landscaped gardens, enjoy afternoon tea while watching grandchildren in the playground or catch up with visiting friends in the barista café.
Congratulations to the combined commitment and passion of the teams in being recognised internationally for your great contribution to changing the face of aged care.