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    2014 Better Practice Award winners

    This year’s Better Practice Award winners have been announced at the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s Better Practice conference in Sydney.

    The 37 Award winners were announced by Quality Agency CEO Nick Ryan, at the opening of the two-day conference on Thursday, 27 August.  

    The winners represent 124 individual aged care homes and reward programs ranging from hearing assistance programs to staff rewards programs, a bucket list program and a beer brewing club.

    “We introduced the Better Practice Awards four years ago as a way of recognising those homes that excel at what they do. They don’t just meet minimum standards but they are strong examples of innovation and excellent care of older Australians,” CEO Nick Ryan said.

    “Over the four years of the Awards, winners have told us in no uncertain terms, that winning a Better Practice Award has been a highlight of their career, and that the results for the residents and staff are outstanding. It is wonderful to be able to provide the avenue for such recognition, respect and reward.”

    “The award winners are great examples of innovation and customer focus. The programs have been well thought out, researched and planned and most importantly – affect residents’ lives in a positive way,” he said.

    “Winning programs range from the seemingly simple yet amazingly effective – to the complex, comprehensive and revolutionary.

    “I congratulate the Better Practice Award winners on this recognition – these awards demonstrate commitment of your management, staff, residents and families to providing high quality care,” he said.

    Click on the Award winners below to read a full profile of the program.

    Health and personal care

    Aldinga Beach Court Life Care, Aldinga, SA
    Bedtime to breakfast

    Baptcare Victoria
    Psychotropic medication use evaluation and review in aged care

    Barwon Health – Alan David Lodge, Geelong, Victoria
    Drink, drink, drink

    Bupa Cardiff, NSW
    Palliative Care Link Nurse Model of Care

    Bupa New Farm, Qld
    Water therapy

    IRT William Beach Gardens, Wollongong NSW
    Hearing assistance program

    UnitingCare The Marion, Leichhardt NSW
    Footloose – a falls minimisation project

    UnitingCare Salamander Bay Aged Care Facility, NSW
    Person centred multidisciplinary team building initiative

    San Carlo Homes for the Aged, South Morang Vic.
    We’re talking about your medication

    Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home, NSW
    Nurse practitioners

    The Whiddon Group, NSW
    Client death screening to improve end of life outcomes

     

    Innovation

    ANZAC Hostel, Brighton, Vic.
    What's important to you? - The HELP Conversation

    Blue Care Qld
    Play Up! ™

    BlueCross Monterey, Vic.
    Tools for life - getting men engaged in residential aged care

    Carpenter Court Aged Care Plus Centre, NSW
    Inspiring hope and belonging for people with mental health problems

    Catholic Homes for the Elderly, Vic.
    Raise the Bar

    Claremont Terrace Hostel, McKinnon, Vic.
    Breaking down the barriers

    Garden City Aged Care Services - Alzheimer's Queensland, Upper Mt Gravatt, Qld
    Resident choices enhanced with technology

    UnitingCare Garden Suburb Aged Care Facility, NSW
    Family Friendship Support Group

    Lansdowne Gardens, NSW
    Music therapy/appreciation program

    LHI Retirement Services, SA
    Redesigning texture-modified foods

    St Michaels Aged Care Facility, Murrumbeena Vic.
    Christmas in the park

    Resident lifestyle


    ANZAC Village, Narrabeen NSW
    Heartbeats

    Bupa Bellarine, Newcomb, Vic.
    Play days

    Bupa Bellarine, Newcomb, Vic.
    Mass gets a modern twist

    UnitingCare Caroona Goonellabah Hostel and Caroona Kalina Nursing Home, Goonellabah NSW
    Inspired voices choir

    Castledare Retirement Village, Wilson WA
    Time to Talk

    Emmy Monash Aged Care, Caulfield North Vic.
    The Narrow Bridge

    Hall & Prior Mosman Park Aged Care Home, Mosman Park WA
    New beginnings

    Living Care - Clelland Lodge, North Nowra NSW
    Old Blokes of Clelland Lodge - Ginger beer brewing club

    UnitingCare Mayflower Nursing Home and Hostel, Westmead NSW
    Cultural diversity a framework for the leisure and lifestyle program 

    The Orchards Aged Care, Lisarow NSW
    The Clay Village Project

    UnitingCare Starrett Lodge, Hamlyn Terrace NSW
    Bucket list program (BLiP)

    Thompson Health Care Pty Ltd
    The ELM Project - enhancing lives with multimedia

    Staff development and retention

    Feros Care
    Creating aged care leaders in the 21st century

    SwanCare Group, WA
    Feathers Program - Put a feather in your cap!

    Vasey RSL Care Ltd, Vic.
    Staff attraction and retention strategy