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Intouch : In Touch Spring 2014
6 IN TOUCH SPRING 2014 NEWS START2TALK KIAMA The South Coast community was introduced to the online campaign Start2Talk at a local launch in Kiama, encouraging people to think about their future wishes. Developed through Alzheimer's Australia's National Quality Dementia Care Initiative, Start2Talk was designed following a number of consumer consultations and reports on the diffculty in gaining access to planning ahead tools and in documenting wishes. The Kiama launch was organised by a working group of representatives from Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local, AlzNSW, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Illawarra Forum and UnitingCare Ageing. Their collaboration aims to reduce duplication and ensure a consistent message is reaching people diagnosed with dementia and their carers, when it comes to planning for future support. Start2Talk Project Manager Dr Chris Shanley gave a demonstration of the website, Start2Talk.org.au, which is designed to help people plan ahead for their future healthcare, lifestyle and fnancial decisions. The audience had the opportunity MOVING INTO CARE AlzNSW has been working with residential aged care providers to support them in providing a smooth and positive transition into residential aged care. Our free consultancy service for providers of residential aged care has so far seen AlzNSW working with 30 different providers, to benchmark practice, build capacity and ensure residents and carers have more positive experiences. AlzNSW has received feedback from more than 1000 carers, staff and managers of facilities contributing to our growing database on good practice. Real changes have been seen since the project's inception. "I saw a facility where I would be happy for me and my wife to live. I saw a home where everyone was seen and valued," one carer said. One provider was nominated for a HESTA Aged Care Award due to good practices that were identifed during their work with AlzNSW on the project. AlzNSW is fully funded by the Department of Social Services and able to offer this free consultancy service to residential aged care providers with fve or less residential aged care facilities in NSW. If you know a residential aged care facility interested in this service, please contact Sally Lambourne and Evan Rollins. T: (02) 8875 4633 or E: email@example.com ALZNSW AND OPAL AGED CARE EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP Alzheimer's Australia has entered into its biggest-ever educational partnership with an aged care provider. Through the initiative, led by AlzNSW, Opal Aged Care has developed a new model that puts residents at the centre of their own care plan and will train more than 5000 staff in the provision of dementia care. AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins said the partnership with Opal Aged Care was a good indication of the industry responding to the needs of Australians with dementia. "Understanding and respect is integral to the wellbeing and care of people living with dementia and it is vital for staff in aged care to have specialist training," John said. Opal Aged Care Managing Director Gary Barnier said aged care can be a diffcult decision for many families and individuals. "We intend to help families and potential residents make the right choice, by having an honest and open conversation with the community about changing perceptions of the sector," Gary said.
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