Around 30 delegates from around Britain were able to attend a recent free Reframing Residential Care leadership seminar.

Held in in collaboration between CommonAge and The Residential Forum, and hosted in
London UK by Trowers & Hamlins LLP, Andrew Larpent OBE,
and Jo Boylan, Operations Director of Southern Cross Care in South
Australia shared experiences and evidence gained from the implementation
of innovative alternative approaches.

Jo’s informative presentation highlighted issues associated with
frailty and how we need to change our thinking to not only address these
issues, but also to combat the outdated stereotypes associated with
older people and aged care.

By installing gyms and employing personal trainers, and encouraging
residents to take regular sessions at the gyms, Southern Cross Care
(SA&NT) has seen falls and fractures reduce by around 50 per cent
across its centres, This is a massive savings both in terms of staff
time and hospital visits.

Furthermore, Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) has seen an increase in young people wanting to work with them.

More importantly, residents loved having the opportunity to go to the
gym to exercise instead of sitting around in the home – one resident
went as far as saying it is “the best thing since sliced bread”!

The gyms also naturally form with social opportunities, and this
assists with well-being – one resident noted his mood and improved and
felt his outlook on life was positive now.

Jo strongly believes making healthy normal in aged care is now a priority for the world.

She encourages you to act now, and by doing so your positive action will:

  • prevent or delay avoidable decline, regardless of age or illness
  • give access to interventions that promote health and wellbeing, with every interaction
  • identify frailty early and reverse it through a dedicated recovery plan
  • support people to ‘walk until they die’
  • enable people to ‘do the things they love most’

To view the presentation slides, click here.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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