Wesley Mission Queensland is rolling out a person-directed care model across its nursing homes in an effort to combat feelings of loneliness, helplessness and boredom among its residents.
Cooper House and St Marks aged care homes at Wheller Gardens Chermside and Knowles Court at Sinnamon Village in western Brisbane have each achieved the first group of Eden Alternative® principles.
The Eden Alternative® is an American philosophy of care based on ten principles. Founded in Australia in 1999, the model involves staff, families and volunteers working together to create a setting in which the elderly are supported in a more interactive and meaningful way.
A first for Queensland
11 of Wesley Mission Queensland’s nursing homes are now Eden Registered, with Anam Cara at Bray Park and Parkview at Chermside the only two homes in Queensland to be fully registered in all 10 principles.
“Life for residents at Cooper House, St Marks and Knowles Court revolves around choice and empowerment,” said their Director of Residential Aged Care, Annie Gibney.
“Whether it’s our residents choosing when to have a meal or how they would like their meal prepared – the choice and control is theirs to make. Our residents feel like they are living at home.”
The not-for-profit organisation now hopes to gain full registration for all 13 of its nursing homes.