How reflective practice can improve our aged care sector

How reflective practice can improve our aged care sector

Social Futures recently made a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommending all aged care workers are given the opportunity to participate in Wellness and Reablement Reflective Practice in order to continuously improve the quality of the care they provide.

Wellness and Reablement approaches support older people to maximise their independence and remain in their homes for as long as they can. Embedding Wellness and Reablement within this sector is a key goal for both the government and the broader aged care sector.

While most aged care workers are aware of Wellness and Reablement principles, many have not received formal training in the approach and are unclear how it relates to their individual work. Reflective practice is an important tool to enable aged care workers to successfully apply Wellness and Reablement in their practice. It provides a space for staff to think about how they work and practically apply Wellness and Reablement approaches to a range of relevant service delivery modes. The practice emphasises the value of their contributions while safely challenging any biases and assumptions they may hold.

Since Social Futures first piloted the concept in 2018, we have facilitated fifteen Wellness and Reablement Reflective Practice sessions with aged care workers in the Northern Rivers region. These participants reported that reflective practice is far more effective at integrating Wellness and Reablement into their day-to-day work than a traditional information session. Importantly, reflective practice allows for continuous learning and reassessment of skills, critical in changing established ways of working.

Social Futures offers free Wellness and Reablement Reflective Practice sessions for community aged care service providers in the Northern Rivers to help embed this approach within their service framework. Email [email protected] for more information or to book a session.

Dementia Essentials Courses on Gold Coast

Dementia Essentials courses are being offered on the Gold Coast, with the three-day ‘Provide support to people living with dementia’ course being held over consecutive Tuesdays starting 20 February and Thursdays starting 17 May 2018.

The nationally-accredited course is designed to assist workers supporting people living with dementia. Strategies are explored to assist with good communication, planning and developing appropriate activities and understanding behaviours in people living with dementia.

See the flyers for full details:

Dementia Support FEB

Dementia Support MAY

Dementia Essentials Enrolment Form

Training Alert: FREE Dementia Care Information Session – Grafton

A free Dementia Care Information Session on Understanding Dementia, Effective Communication and Future Planning will be held on 27 March, 9:15am – 2:30pm at South Grafton Ex Servicemen’s Club, 2 Wharf Street, South Grafton.

The event is for family and carers of a person living with dementia.

The workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of dementia and its impact. It will explore how communication between the person with dementia and their family carers and friends can be improved.

The session will also look at the barriers to using services that families may experience and will focus on the benefits to be gained through accessing support, and what needs to be considered when planning for the future after a diagnosis of dementia.

Click here for full details.

 

Training Alert: FREE Dementia Care Information Session – Casino

A free Dementia Care Information Session on Understanding Dementia, Effective Communication and Future Planning will be held 28 March, 9:15am – 2:30pm at the Returned Soldiers Memorial Club, 162 Canterbury St, Casino.

The event is for family and carers of a person living with dementia.

The workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of dementia and its impact. It will explore how communication between the person with dementia and their family carers and friends can be improved.

The session will also look at the barriers to using services that families may experience and will focus on the benefits to be gained through accessing support, and what needs to be considered when planning for the future after a diagnosis of dementia.

Click here for full details.

 

Delivering services around COVID-19

Social Futures is committed to the continuation of delivering support services in a safe, practical and innovative way while navigating COVID-19.