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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.
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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

22 Apr 2015

Pastoral care workers take out top awards

“Annette attends many of our team meetings and she is always ready to share ideas and explore opportunities for our workers to engage and improve upon their communication techniques and style.  She is always gentle in her approach and she has an air of enthusiasm which is contagious. Passionate and dedicated to her work whether this be with clients, or staff who need that little something to make their world a better place.” “Brad has been supportive and non-judgemental in all my discussions with him.” “I have had no hesitation in referring clients to Brad.” “I have not worked in a service with pastoral care/chaplaincy before. Working with Brad has shown me the value of having someone who can listen, support and assist clients spiritually if that is their need.”

01 Apr 2015

Gateway a Lifeline for Young, Single Father

Damon was just like any other 16 year old in Hobart. With a cheeky smile, sense of humour, and a passion for all things automotive, the world was his oyster. However, Damon’s typical world was turned upside down when he became primary carer for his infant son, Blaze. To further compound the stresses involved with being a single parent at such a young age, Blaze was born with cerebral palsy. What followed was a steep learning curve in things most teenagers are yet to discover: nappies, baby formula, childcare, and caring for someone with higher needs. But the extra responsibility that came with being a single father hit Damon harder than most – he was no longer able to afford his accommodation, and he and Blaze was at serious risk of falling into homelessness. “I felt like I had lost control of my life and was just completely overwhelmed. Everything was spiralling out of control quickly,” Damon said. “People were trying to give me advice, telling me to do this and that; but being so young and new to that world, I had no idea who to listen to or what to do.” But then help arrived, as Damon was introduced to the Tasmanian Gateway program – a joint initiative between Mission Australia, Baptcare and the State Government. Damon is one of more than 11,000 Tasmanians whose lives have turned around since encountering the Gateway program, which has helped an estimated 2,500 children avoid the child protection system. The program works by providing individuals and families with appropriate information and advice, brief intervention and referrals to relevant services. Damon says this level of holistic support really made the difference when it came to getting back on his feet. “Gateway gave me so much more than just advice about where to turn for help, and my caseworker Rachel really went above and beyond to make sure Blaze and I where looked after. She’d make sure I had the right appointments, provide transport there and back, and follow up on everything. “Just knowing someone is fighting in your corner is a massive confidence boost. I wasn’t alone anymore and all of a sudden I felt like I could breathe again. “I used to wake up terrified, thinking ‘how am I going to pay for the basics, let alone give Blaze the life I want him to have?’ Now - two years later - I have a new partner, a newborn daughter, a stable income and home, and Blaze is growing up with the chance to succeed that every kid deserves.” Gateway is this week celebrating five years of service to vulnerable Tasmanians. Noel Mundy, Mission Australia’s State Director, says the program has been instrumental in helping struggling Tasmanian families keep their heads above water. “Mission Australia has a long history of supporting families, and ensuring children are given every opportunity to grow and thrive – the Gateway program continues that proud tradition. “Over the course of its five years, the program has helped over 600 families facing or experiencing homelessness receive support, while over 4,000 parents have used the service to improve their parenting skills. These are great results, and highlight the importance of holistic support programs such as Gateway.” On top of its work with parents and families as well as young people at risk, the program also provides support for those with disabilities. Baptcare General Manager for Family and Community Services, Marita Scott, says the Disability Gateway Service has been has been fundamental in the work the organisations are able to do with individuals and families in Tasmania.. “We’re extremely proud to be celebrating five years of the program, knowing the difference that it’s made to so many lives. “The Gateway program is aligned with our core principal of working together with the individual, carers, family, and other service providers to give greater choice and individual control to people living with a disability, and we look forward to continuing to help vulnerable Tasmanian’s get the support they require.” Gateway’s fifth anniversary is being acknowledged with the production of a special commemorative book, which demonstrates the strength and success of the program through stories like Damon’s. The book was launched by the Minister for Human Services Hon Jacqui Petrusma MP at an event on Thursday, April 30. You can view the book here. Baptcare is a community services organisation, founded in 1945, and currently works across 34 sites in Victoria and Tasmania, offering residential and community care for older people, support to children, families, and people with disability, financially disadvantaged people and asylum seekers. Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian community service organisation that has been helping people to regain their independence for over 155 years. We offer a wide range of integrated solutions over the long term, through homelessness initiatives and affordable housing, early learning and youth services, family support, and employment and skills development.
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