THE best in the land as nominated by the Aged Care community have been selected as finalists for this year's HESTA Aged Care Awards.
They are 13 of the most dedicated and innovative aged care organisations, teams and individuals.
The awards recognise those in the Aged Care sector who have made an exceptional contribution to improving the quality of life for older Australians across three categories -Team Innovation, Outstanding Organisation and Individual Distinction.
The 2018 finalists are:
· Geriatric Flying Squad, Uniting War Memorial Hospital, Waverly, NSW - for partnering with the local ambulance services and local police to develop a patient referral pathway that identifies older people at risk who may otherwise end up unnecessarily in the emergency department.
· Hero's Wish, Vasey RSL Care, Hawthorn, VIC - for developing Hero's Wish, a program that helps fulfil the wishes and dreams of their war veteran and ex-service residents.
· Meeting Centre Support Program, 3Bridges Community Limited, Carss Park, NSW - for piloting the Meeting Centre Support Program, a Dutch, evidence-based initiative that provides person-centred, comprehensive and integrated program support to people with mild to moderate dementia and their family members, enabling them to adjust and to cope with the condition.
· Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged, Adelaide, SA - for collaborating with disability service providers including Equals International, to develop an internal program that trains and employs people with intellectual disabilities.
· STAR Community Services, Cleveland, QLD - for its programs that promote social and community participation for its patrons.
· The Whiddon Group, Glenfield, NSW - for developing a number of innovative programs that focus on improving the well-being of aged care residents through relationship-based care, creative ageing and social connection.
· Wintringham, Flemington, VIC- for contributing to the social justice of ageing Australians experiencing homelessness for 30 years, through community outreach, housing support, housing, aged care and referral services.
· Annette Nuck, Yackandandah Health, Yackandandah, VIC - for outstanding leadership in the development of an intergenerational aged care model in a small, progressive Victorian country town.
· Jason Bragg, Opal Aged Care, Denhams Beach, NSW - for outstanding contribution towards improving the care and well-being of aged care residents.
· Keith Cameron Smith, McKenzie Aged Care Group, Varsity Lakes, QLD - for developing a number of initiatives to help people grieve and say goodbye to aged care residents who have passed away.
· Leanne Shannon, Northern Health Bundoora, Bundoora, VIC - for implementing a range of strategies to improve the safety and welfare of high-risk dementia patients on her ward and the team that are caring for them.
· Leanne Smart, Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, TAS - for implementing a range of assessments designed to improve the care of patients with cognitive impairments like delirium and dementia.
· Yulunda Matau, Amana Living James Brown Care Centre, Osborne Park, WA - for driving the cultural and business transformation of an Amana Living residential aged care home, the James Brown Care Centre.
The winners of the 2018 HESTA Aged Care Awards will be announced on August 9, 2018 in Canberra with each winner receiving $10,000 in a ME Everyday Transaction account for use towards further education or team development.