The aim was to engage the broader community and encourage them to visit their local providers.
All 10 Resthaven residential sites showcased ‘Celebration of the Older Person - Diversity of Lifestyle’ displays and exhibitions of resident art, craft, painting, gardening, knitting and much more, showcasing how creative and active Resthaven residents are.
At ResthavenWestbourne Park, the open day was launched by ,anager, Marian Greenshields. This was followed with a presentation by resident, Peter Bayard Lock, a writer and author, discussing his latest book, ‘Let Woman Speak’. There were displays of site activities, art and craft work, photos of residents participating in lifestyle choices, nail care and Men’s Group
The Resthaven Paradise campus featured a combined open day, with Resthaven Paradise residential aged care facility, the University of Adelaide Geriatrics and Research in Aged Care (G-TRAC) Centre and Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services that was opened by eminent palliative care specialist and Senior Australian of the Year 2013, Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks.
There were information displays from Aged Rights Advocacy Service, Campbelltown Council, Australian Association of Gerontology and other community services. Tours of the residential, community and G-TRAC facilities were available.
The G-TRAC Centre is the base for senior medical students on geriatrics and general practice rotations as well as electives in aged care topics.
They learn from and are exposed to the full range of health and aged care services operating across the continuum of care: from community to aged care to rehabilitation to hospitals across Adelaide. This partnership between health services, aged care services and universities is a timely innovation and will build capacity into the future ensuring that older Australians will be able to access quality health and aged care.
Resthaven’s Agedcare Alternatives information centre held an open house on 20 June, from 9.30am – 12.30pm, showcasing the services offered by Resthaven.
At 11am, celebrations were had with representatives from multicultural communities the achievements of our ‘Aged Care Discussions’ Project. An aged care services directory, ‘Where do I start? Information for Seniors’ has been produced in six languages, for the Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak, Lithuanian, Russian and Macedonian communities. Resthaven Multicultural Project Officer, Priscilla De Pree, managed this project.
Resthaven Northern Community Services celebrated the International Open Day in Aged Care with:
- Free health checks
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Blood pressure
- Falls and balance risk assessment
- Relaxation techniques
- Healthy feet tips
- Tai Chi
- Breathing techniques
- Equipment advice with Independent Living Centre display
Resthaven Marion Community Services hosted an open day with stalls providing information about the different kinds of packaged care available and falls prevention demonstrations.