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20 Oct 2015

Baptcare celebrates innovative partnership with Maltese community

Seniors Week, Baptcare Orana

10 Oct 2015

Devonport Mayor to launch Seniors Week at Baptcare Orana

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01 Oct 2015

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07 Sep 2015

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01 Sep 2015

Montessori approach found to improve wellbeing of people living with dementia

Dr Jo-Anne Rayner, Senior Research Fellow La Trobe University said, “During our investigations we observed a number of statistically significant changes. We saw an increase amongst participants in constructive engagement, in pleasure and in helping others, as well as a reduction in non-engagement.” “When visiting the two facilities involved, we observed a palpable change in atmosphere as the project progressed, each of them becoming a hive of positive activity,” Dr Rayner said. The success of the program has resulted in the launch of new video resource ‘Purposeful activities for dementia’ which will assist health care professionals and family carers to engage people living with dementia in meaningful activities. As part of the initiative, people living with dementia at the Baptcare Southaven Day Centre in Bentleigh and Grevillea House in Doncaster engaged in activities such as cooking, reading groups, gardening and dancing over a period of eight months. Maree McCabe, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia Vic said, “For people living with dementia, being involved in meaningful activities is important for wellbeing as it provides opportunities for social contact, as well as physical, mental and emotional stimulation. In turn, this leads to increased happiness, and affords individuals with a sense of achievement and meaning.” Michael Wilson, General Manager for Aged Care Operations at Baptcare said, “We have been delighted by the positive impact the Montessori approach has had on the clients who attend our planned activity group. We encourage all facilities to use the Purposeful activities for dementia resource to develop person-centred, flexible activity programs that focus on people’s strengths, abilities and interests.” Debra Kowalski, Baptcare Program Coordinator at Southaven said, “The Montessori approach has truly changed all our lives for the better.” The new resource is based on principles developed by pioneering Italian educator Maria Montessori in the early 1900s that have been adapted to the needs of older adults. This approach recognises the importance of engagement that is tailored to the interests and abilities of each unique individual within their community. Purposeful activities for dementia can be viewed here. Funding for the project was provided by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program.
Baptcare's Newly redeveloped aged care facility in Strathalan

27 Aug 2015

Baptcare celebrates completion of stunning retirement villa display suite in Macleod

Magazine About newsletter Winter 2015 cover photo

01 Jul 2015

About magazine - Winter 2015

30 May 2015

The Baptcare and CHT Architects Charity Golf Day 2015

29 Apr 2015

Baptcare celebrates 70 years of service

Mr Dangerfield also said the Baptcare Strathalan Community is an important part of the organisation’s heritage, but is also taking Baptcare into the future with major redevelopment underway. “The redevelopment will see a 124-bed aged care facility and 27 Independent Living Units. The first phase is due for completion in 2016.” The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Craig Langdon, congratulated Baptcare on its anniversary and service to the community. “We are honoured that for all of its 70 years Baptcare has been serving the community of Banyule from its founding home here at Macleod. From only nine residents in 1945, Strathalan has continued to grow over the years to meet community demand for quality aged care and it is exciting to see this major redevelopment which, once complete, will provide even better facilities for older residents,” he said. Quick facts: 1940s – Rev WG Pope and his wife had a vision to open a Baptist Aged Care Home in Victoria. 1940s – The Baptist Women’s Association, under leadership of Mary Pope raises 4000 pounds to buy the first homestead. 1945 – Strathalan Aged Care home officially opens doors on 24 February 1945 with nine residents. Between 1959 and 1997 six more facilities are opened. 1964 – The Church Nursing Services now known as Baptcare Community Nursing Service is founded. 1981 – Baptcare assumed operations of Abercare Family Services which was rebranded to Baptcare Family Services in 2009. Baptcare was known as the BUV Department of Social Services until 1988 when it was renamed Baptist Social Services and was rebranded as Baptcare in 2006. 2008 – Baptcare Family Services expands into Tasmania. 2008 – Baptcare merges with Karingal Services in Tasmania and took over operation of Karingal Community and Orana Day Centre. 2008 – Baptcare opens Sanctuary – transitional accommodation for asylum seekers. 2013 – Baptcare commences operations of Baptcare Peninsula View Community in Frankston South. 2013/14 – Baptcare creates subsidiary Baptcare Affordable Housing which is registered as housing provider under the Victoria Housing Act.

28 Apr 2015

Baptcare joins 200 organisations calling for the end of children in detention

In the wake of the release of the report, Baptcare is one of 200 concerned organisations who have joined as signatories to a statement coordinated by the Refugee Council of Australia expressing our belief that we have comprehensive, consistent and irrefutable evidence of the harm caused by prolonged indefinite detention and calling on the Government, Opposition and all members of the Australian Parliament to take immediate action to ensure that all children are released from Australian-funded detention centres, in Australia and Nauru, and to ensure that these policies are never repeated.
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26 Apr 2015

Baptcare breaks ground at multi-million dollar aged care extension in Werribee

26 Apr 2015

Baptcare signs agreement with Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative

Baptcare Regional Manager – North/East Victoria and Tasmania, Michael Faneco, said it is a historic day for Baptcare and BDAC. “The Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) identified that Aboriginal aged care clients are severely under-represented in assessment for Home Care Packages and have for the past months dedicated a resource to this area which has seen a two-fold increase in Aboriginal clients being assessed for Home Care Packages.” Mr Faneco said Baptcare’s team in Bendigo initiated meetings with BDAC earlier in the year to discuss the need for culturally appropriate and respectful access for Aboriginal people eligible for a Home Care Package. “I am honoured to sign this agreement on behalf of Baptcare today and can also share with you that we are already working closely with BDAC to support Aboriginal consumers on Home Care Packages with very positive results,” he said. BDAC Chief Executive Officer, Raylene Harradine said the ground-breaking agreement will see much needed support offered to eligible Aboriginal clients. “This agreement will enhance the developing working relationship between BDAC and Baptcare