Dining fine at Uniting AgeWell

RESIDENTS of Uniting AgeWell’s aged-care homes, Strathaven and Strathglen, can now dine in style thanks to a recent upgrade of its dining rooms.

Alongside the revamped facilities, extended dining hours and a brand new feel, the upgrade also includes the addition of a number of cocktail bars and cafés across the two Rosetta locations.

Uniting Agewell manager for integrated services (Rosetta) Denise Hallam said the revamp of the dining experience was prompted by Uniting AgeWell’s decision to adopt a ‘dine well’ approach.

“This new approach centres on residents, family and friends being given the opportunity to dine in a positive and engaging environment,” she said.

“We’ve removed the traditional, regimented method, and instead adopted a flexible arrangement that allows residents the opportunity to dine when and how they want.

“Rather than offering a service that disables residents, we are now enabling them.”

Ms Hallam said the additional dining options created spaces for the residents to socially engage with their families and friends, as well as staff members and each other.

“It’s about creating a level of experience that is normal,” she said.

“The café and bar creates a social atmosphere and connectedness that residents and families can look forward to.

“The focus is on extending opportunities out of the day and into the evening, creating the ability for residents to entertain their families and friends, as well as maintain and make new friendships within the home.”

As well as adopting a restaurant atmosphere, the upgrade also included hospitality training for Strathaven and Strathglen staff.

Ms Hallam said this enabled the residential care homes to provide a “more individualised approach to service.”

“We’ve had an extremely positive response from everyone concerned and the staff have really embraced the change, seeing the benefits and positive outcomes for the residents,” she said.

“They’ve really come out of their shells and embraced the life and community we offer here.”

While the dining room, café and bars have been in operation for the past six-weeks, Strathaven and Strathglen recently hosted a cocktail party at each location to mark the official opening of the new facilities.

“We sent out invitations to residents, family, friends and staff,” Ms Hallam said.

“We had a great turnout and it was wonderful to see the residents continuing to engage with the wider community, which is a primary focus of our approach here at Uniting AgeWell.”

For more information about Uniting Agewell, visit www.unitingagewell.org or phone Strathaven on 6208 3208 or Strathglen on 6249 8766.

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