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Intouch : In Touch Autumn 2014
6 IN TOUCH AUTUMN 2014 NEWS 'START2TALK' We all want to make our own important life decisions – how to spend our money, where to live and what medical treatments to have. Unfortunately, many of us will be in a position where other people have to make decisions for us, whether as a result of a sudden accident or a progressive illness such as dementia. A new website, start2talk.org.au helps you plan ahead for healthcare, lifestyle and fnancial decisions, providing some control if you can't speak for yourself in the future. It has comprehensive information relevant for all states and territories, as well as a section for carers. It also includes the option of sending in your story and having your questions answered. NEW QUALITY FRAMEWORK AlzNSW has adopted a Quality Framework that ensures robust systems and processes are in place. A key component of the Framework is an external audit against health and community service-focussed standards, which occurs every three years. The most recent audit in late 2013 assessed AlzNSW in three categories: 1. The Organisation: Governance, management, fnance, HR, risk management, legal compliance, knowledge management, physical resources and safety and quality. 2. Service delivery: Understanding community and individual needs, ensuring positive outcomes, consumer rights; cultural safety, and service coordination. NSW CARER AWARDS 2013 The compassion shown by two AlzNSW carers has been recognised with the presentation of two 2013 NSW Carers Awards. Laurieton woman Sandy Holmes received an award for the Port Macquarie region and Hawks Nest man Richard Armstrong was recognised for the Great Lakes region. Sandy cares for her husband Jon, who has Younger Onset Dementia, and now helps care for her father, who also has dementia, while Richard set aside his own grief following the death of his wife Lois, to help other carers in his community. AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins said the award not only recognised Richard and Sandy's dedication to their loved ones, but also their compassion for others facing a similar diagnosis of dementia. "I congratulate both Richard and Sandy on this achievement and thank them for their help in bringing joy to those who are living with dementia. The recognition is truly deserved," John said. "This award is also an opportunity to refect on the wonderful work, care and dedication that all carers give to people who are living with dementia." The NSW Carers Awards acknowledge the unpaid contribution carers make to the person (or people) for whom they care, and the community. SOUTHERN TABLELANDS YASS 3rd Mon. of the month, 10am –12pm Kaffene Café, Comur St Contact Libby Smith T: (02) 6241 0881 CROOKWELL 3rd Wed. of the month, 10.30am–12pm Chat-A-Way Café, 87 Goulburn St Contact Nina or Jane T: (02) 4869 5651 WINGECARRIBEE WERAI 1st Thurs. of the month, 10.30am–12pm Werai Teahouse and Nursery BOWRAL 3rd Thurs. of the month, 10.30am–12pm Peppers Craigieburn Contact Nina or Jane T: (02) 4869 5651 CAFÉ CONNECT FIDDLE BOXES AlzNSW was grateful to receive fnancial support from Donaldson Coal Ltd and the Wests Leagues Club Group to expand the Every Bloke Needs A Shed program. Recently, shedders from Cessnock and Salamander Bay Men's Sheds were involved in making 'Fiddle Boxes' (pictured) for men living with dementia in aged-care facilities. The boxes have handles, knobs, locks, latches, ropes, carpet and wool that men living with dementia can move and touch, which stimulates interest and engagement for the men. Left: Mer v Gillies and Richard Armstrong. Right: Sandy Holmes, her husband Jon and Sandy's parents, Win and John Holmes. 3. External relationships: Agreements and partnerships, collaborations, contribution to good practice, and community/sector capacity building. The fnal report has been received and the feedback indicates an outstanding result with an 'Exceeded' rating received in fve of the 19 standards. These included: • Understanding community and individual needs; • Service agreements and partnerships; • Collaboration and strategic positioning; • Incorporation and contribution to good practice; • Community and professional capacity building. For more information or to provide feedback on any of our activities, contact: E: NSW.firstname.lastname@example.org
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