Aged care provider Scalabrini has received the Best Aged Care Facility award for its newest village.
Presented at the 2018 Australian Healthcare Week Excellence Awards, the prize recognised the innovation involved in the workings of The Village – which focuses on care for those with dementia.
The seventh facility of the not-for-profit Scalabrini group, The Village was built in Drummoyne, Sydney, to support senior residents with “complex needs” who can no longer live independently.
Innovation examples include sensor flooring to detect movement and falls, mobile technology to replace nurse stations and keyless access to rooms.
The Village also includes therapeutic and sensory facilities such a a central piazza, vegetable patch, gardens, art facilities, performance spaces, wellness centre and chapel.
The Village general manager Fiona Kendall said staff were thrilled with the award.
“We’re extremely delighted and humbled to be acknowledged for our efforts in developing and launching this wonderful new village,” she said.
“The Village by Scalabrini allows us to support residents, enabling them to live their lives doing the things they love to the best of their abilities, so they are happy and connected, as well as helping our staff to work together as an effective team to deliver the very best in quality and care.”
Scalabrini chief executive Elaine Griffin said the village was an example of how the aged care industry and the needs of seniors were evolving.
“Aged-care is rapidly changing. We are entering a dynamic, consumer-driven world where old paradigms of care will no longer work,” she said.
“Navigating this new world will mean providers such as Scalabrini will more than ever need to actively listen and respond to the needs of those we serve.
“Our ultimate goal must always be to provide excellent care that is individualised to each and every person in our care.”
Residents of The Village live in houses with six to 14 residents, a dedicated kitchen, dining room, lounge and other intimate communal spaces to encourage them to maintain normal daily patterns.
Staff said connection to the wider community was also a key aspect, as families, friends, neighbours and community members were encouraged to visit and engage with the seniors.
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