New boundaries: Innovation the winner at Aged Care awards
THIS year's HESTA Aged Care awards, which annually celebrates innovation and excellence within the industry, has catapulted a chef, an indigenous program and an arts program into the limelight.
HESTA chief executive officer Debby Blakey said, "This year's winners have challenged the status quo and created innovative services and programs that rise to the challenge of providing high-quality care to the growing number of people in our community.
"Through their work they are supporting innovation and growth in the sector - ensuring that the highest standards of care are delivered and that their clients continue to participate in fulfilling and engaging life experiences."
The winners were selected from 12 national finalists across three categories -Team Innovation, Outstanding Organisation and Individual Distinction.
Team Innovation Award
This was won by Aged Care Indigenous Induction Program, Crest NT, which was recognised for their outstanding work in developing culturally appropriate induction resources that support the recruitment and retention of Indigenous aged care employees across the Northern Territory.
Its Aged Care Indigenous Induction Program provides a suite of educational resources for employers to train and induct new employees from Indigenous backgrounds. Resources that form part of the ACIIP include a 'Buddy Guide' that provides employers with tools like videos, case studies and questions designed to help new staff become work-ready.
Individual Distinction Award
The winner was Gordon Manuel of the Mark Moran Group for his outstanding work in creating innovative aged care dining and culinary experiences for residents.
Passionate about creating nutritious and tasty meals, Gordon has developed numerous culinary and dining experiences to support residents in celebrating and enjoying their lives.
A key innovation spearheaded by Gordon, includes creating meals that are nutritionally and visually flavoursome even though they have been modified due to dietary requirements.
Gordon's innovative approach to aged care dining delivers delicious and nutritious food as well promoting dignity, equality and fun for residents who are encouraged to to enjoy food and share meals with one another.
Outstanding Organisation Award
Southern Cross Care (South Australia and Northern Territory) won this award for partnering with local Adelaide arts festivals to deliver an entertaining, engaging and practical arts program for residents and their families.
Through a collaborative partnership with the South Australian Living Art Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, each year Southern Cross Care brings arts activities into their homes, capitalising on the benefits that creative expression, sense of achievement and art can have on the elderly.
The arts program includes events where residents engage with performers and artists, participate in art lessons and create their own art works.
Each winner received a share in the $30,000 prize pool.