Glenview gets creative with aged care

GLENVIEW Community Services has bid farewell to the traditional one-size-fits-all nursing home as it adopts a greater focus on the individual wants of residents in its care.

The nursing home has developed a number of programs that sees residents enjoy interesting activities that gets them out and about, hosting events and taking part in classes.

Glenview chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty said there had been a major shift toward entertaining and engaging the ageing population.

Ms O’Flaherty said providing quality aged care services was about ensuring older people were able to “enjoy the best quality life possible.”

“We aim to provide activities that participants really want and care about,” she said.

“Our desire to have fun and get involved in interesting activities doesn’t diminish with age and we know that older people don’t want to be cooped up in their homes.

“We ask the question and listen to what our residents and day centre visitors wanted, and then try our best to make it happen.”

Activities include visits to Zoodoo Wildlife Park, picnics at the Salmon Ponds and trips to the beach and races.

Banksia House’s ‘Night Owls’ group also attends concerts, while the men at Glenview’s Men’s Shed restore furniture and build models in their fully-equipped workshop space.

“For us here at Glenview Community Services, it is not about supervising ageing people but about providing necessary assistance so older people can still have authentic, rewarding experiences,” Ms O’Flaherty said.

Caption: From left, Rhea Ahlanu, Merl Emmette, Lyndon Emmette, Pauline Brown and Leigh Brown.

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