Western Victorian aged care providers from as far afield as Ballan, Stawell and Casterton converged today at Lyndoch Living to discuss future challenges and opportunities in this dynamic and evolving sector with Federal Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt MP.
Workforce recruitment, emerging models of dementia care, technology and artificial intelligence were just some of the topics covered at the roundtable, which also allowed local providers to showcase their unique solutions to some of these emerging issues.
Lyndoch Living CEO, Ms Doreen Power, said the Minister was very keen to hear about Lyndoch’s innovative approach to recruitment, community engagement and care.
“We recognise that the industry is facing some challenges but instead of sitting back and waiting for someone else to fix things we’re trialling new approaches and setting out to change the mindset about aged care through local community engagement and collaboration,” she said.
“Through partnerships with local training providers, disability groups and even local schools, we’re highlighting the huge opportunities that this sector presents and actively recruiting the best people to take our organisation into the future, with our key focus on providing the best possible care to our local aged community.”
Minister Wyatt was briefed on the current works and planned developments at Lyndoch that will enable the respected local organisation to offer world-class, innovative aged care to the Warrnambool region into the future.
“Aged care in this region is going to look very different in 10 years’ time, with an increased emphasis on servicing people in their own homes with advancing levels of care. Our Masterplan is focused on enabling this in the greater Warrnambool region, as well as improving dramatically the experience of those who require higher, institutional care,” Ms Power said.
Ms Power thanked the Member for Wannon, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, for providing local providers with the opportunity to directly address the Minister.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to engage with not only the Minister, but other providers in our region as well. By working together and bouncing ideas off each other we can meet future challenges head on and move forwards with confidence,” Ms Power said.
“We are very grateful for the professionalism and care the staff have shown”
Family of Living@Home clients
“We would like to acknowledge the fantastic support shown to this lovely couple by the Living@Home team and the flexibility and understanding of their care needs”
Family Member of Living@Home client
“The lady you sent over yesterday was delightful, and even made Mum a hot lemon drink and put her to bed”
Leanne (daughter of Living@Home client)
“What a wonderful job Trish and Liz do, we are so happy with the care they provide”
Family Members of Living@Home clients
“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch Living@Home team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role”
Michelle (Living@Home client)
“A very big thank you to the wonderful staff who came into our home and cared for my husband. This respite break made a very difficult situation more tolerable and gave me something to look forward to”
Christine (Living@Home client)
“Geraldine is the about the best cleaner I’ve ever had!”
Maurice (Living@Home client)
“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands. I could not ask for anyone better”
Joan (Living@Home client)
“I’ve always been a busy, practical person and I’m still a busy person – I’m still able to be very involved in the community, especially the Speedway. I’m a busy bloke!”
“I get spoilt rotten here! I really get cared for.”
Steve (Swinton East)
“One of the lovely nurses had a great idea and planted out a raised bed with tomatoes and other plants and I enjoy getting out there and doing some work in the garden, collecting the produce.” “The staff are very, very nice. They greet you with a smile and do things very well.“
“I really enjoy the school kids visiting, and I’m amazed at the quality of the kids,
they’re all so nice!”
John (Lake Lodge)
“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff”
Margaret (Lake Lodge)
“I’ve made friends here that I wouldn’t have been able to meet living by myself at home. It’s like an extension of your family” “The staff are absolutely fantastic here, nothing is ever a problem for them. Right through to the maintenance men, the cleaners and gardeners and staff at the kiosk, they’re all obliging and always greet you with a smile” “At Lyndoch I get comfort, care and conversation, add a bit of fresh air and that’s exactly what you need in life”
Lynette (Swinton East)