Dementia Action Week is 16–22 September 2019
Dementia Australia is running a dementia-friendly communities campaign encouraging members individuals, groups, organisations and businesses to become ‘dementia friends’.
By promoting understanding and acceptance, members of dementia-friendly communities make an important, positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
Understanding the daily challenges these people face, and the help they need, can make people living with dementia feel included, accepted, and safe.
To start building a dementia-friendly community, become a Dementia Friend today! Visit www.dementiafriendly.org.au/user/register
When you sign up, you’ll learn how you can contribute to building a dementia-friendly community and receive a Dementia Friend certificate and badge.
For more information and support, visit https://www.dementia.org.au/support
Introduction to dementia on ilearn
A module has been made available for all staff to access to increase their knowledge about dementia.
Dementia not only affects VMCH clients and residents, but also our own friends and family. Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia and is it important for all of us to be aware of and understand dementia.
Click here to find out more: https://imanage.pageuppeople.com/learning/95
Cluny House opens its doors
Residents with dementia will be encouraged to gain more independence in a new and innovative memory support house.
Twelve residents from Corpus Christi and St Catherine’s Aged Care Residences have moved to the Cluny Memory Support House, which has been refurbished to suit a Montessori style dementia care practice.
VMCH’s care practice aims to support people in a practical, respectful and enriching way. Residents are encouraged to be as independent as possible, to have a meaningful place in their aged care community, make choices and contribute to life in their home.
The new Cluny Memory Support House environment is light, bright, fresh and innovative, but still intimate.
A feature of the memory support house is the visual aids which encourage residents to function independently in the space. Residents will also be able to contribute to the running of the house, including washing, ironing and folding the laundry.
We believe that this new approach will lead to increased participation and an improvement in residents’ quality of life. It is also anticipated that there will be a decline in disruptive behaviours, and a reduction in the number of falls, due to the ability to better meet residents’ individual care needs.