Baptistcare’s Dementia Enrichment Project is an initiative developed in-house by our Aged Care Services team. The program aims to shift our thinking, attitude and practice when we provide care to residents living with dementia and memory loss so they can have the best quality of life possible.
Developed in consultation with families, residents and clinical staff, it consists of principles that highlight the individuality of each person and seek to empower and support their autonomy and capabilities. Changes will take the form of introducing specialised staff roles and training, reviewing living environments, and fostering increased community engagement.
We are also working closely with community partners Alzheimer’s Australia WA, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia, to bring about this shift and look forward to seeing a significant and positive change in the lives of the people we care for and their families. Our Music Connection Program will bring renewed meaning and connection in the lives of our residents through personalised music.
Baptistcare’s Chief Customer Services Manager Graydn Spinks said the project will guide the way in how we deliver person-centred services.
“This is what a person-centred model of care is all about. It will help us understand what person-centred means and looks like in practice. We have involved people from across all our sites, from facility managers to nurses, carers and kitchen staff, as well as families of our residents. This will be a long-term project as we slowly change every aspect of the culture of care across the whole of Baptistcare,” Mr Spinks said.
This innovative was awarded the 2016 Projects: Innovation and Best Practice Award, in the Aged and Community Services WA (ACSWA) Excellence in Care Awards.