Rural programs help health service provider claim top award
A SPECIALIST health service provider that keep seniors living and staying active in their community for longer has been honoured at the Aged and Community Services Australia Aged Care Excellence Awards.
Provider integratedliving Australia took out the Queensland Provider of the Year category after helping to lift health services for older Australians in rural areas.
integratedliving chief executive officer Catherine Daley said the accolade shone a spotlight on the company's positive impact in the community, including its Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) and Wellness for Independence programs.
"Our aim is to keep people living independently in their homes for longer and the STRC program is doing that by getting people mobile again, being active in their communities and self-managing their health conditions," Ms Daley said.
"(While) our Memory Wellness Program helps address those challenges by taking people through brain training exercises and developing pathways for customers to access medical treatment.
"These recent awards are a testament to our staff who are committed to developing these new programs and delivering continued high quality service.
"They are making such a difference in our customers lives."
integratedliving registered nurse Elizabeth Blooms, named as a finalist for the Aged Care Employee of the Year Award, said seeing the impact in the community was the "most rewarding part" of her job.
"I have one gentleman who is aged in his 90s and started STRC after getting a bad virus," she said.
"Prior to that he was very active and drove around his community to get out and about with friends.
"The illness meant he became quite weak and lethargic and didn't have the energy to get moving again which made him very unhappy.
"Through the STRC program I organised some nutritional and meals support and he is now as spritely as ever."