Laidley's Bloomers Cafe has won an award for tackling topics not normally spoken about.
Laidley's Bloomers Cafe has won an award for tackling topics not normally spoken about. Mike Richards GLA281015COFF

Information 'cafe' tackles taboo topics about ageing

AN INFORMATION 'cafe' that tackles topics related to ageing that are not commonly spoken about has been recognised at a national award ceremony held last month.

Bloomers Cafe, at Lutheran Community Care's Tabeel aged care service in Laidley, was a finalist in the Team Innovation category of the HESTA Aged Care Awards.

Bloomers Cafe creates a warm, informal environment where community members feel comfortable to share experiences, discuss concerns, and ask questions of the staff and each other.

Session topics are chosen in response to matters raised by residents and their family members. These have included 'what can I expect to happen when my loved one is dying?', 'how can I communicate with a person who has dementia?', and 'how do you ensure my relative is well-nourished when they have trouble swallowing?'.

Lutheran Community Care chief executive officer Jacqueline Kelly said the cafe's aim was to be of service to the community, through providing a safe place to discuss the issues that were 'top of mind' for people.

"We are delighted that the community has embraced Bloomers Cafe and has a place where people can discuss the things that are closest to their hearts," she said.

"We are pleased to receive this recognition, because it will raise awareness and encourage more people to come along and feel the sense of reassurance that goes hand-in-hand with the information they receive."

For more details on Bloomers Cafe visit www.lccqld.org.au/services-for-seniors/laidley.

Lutheran Community Care's Tabeel aged care service is located at 27 Ambrose Street, Laidley. Phone (07) 5465 1133.


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