Innovative services and environments

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  • 15/03/2019
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Innovative services and environments

This month’s theme is ‘Innovative services and environments’. 

To begin with, if you and the person you support have any stories or suggestions, of new and innovative services or changes to the environment that have made services or places more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities and elderly people, please send them to me at [email protected] so we can share your ideas and ‘innovativeness’ around to others.

By ‘innovative’ services, we mean service providers that have gone ‘above and beyond’ and ‘outside the square’ to provide a service to an individual which enhances and enables that person’s involvement and enjoyment of an event or show attended by the rest of the community; i.e. sporting events, movies, plays, restaurants, art galleries and so on.

Similarly, innovative environments are buildings and infrastructures that are totally wheelchair and environmentally accessible  in a way that is inclusive and not an eyesore.

Examples:

https://havewheelchairwilltravel.net

This website contains many various tips on travel for people with disability or who are ageing, and still love to travel.

This website also contains information on the Source Kids Disability Expo being held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre on 29-30 March 2019. 

Focussing on children, youth and young adults up to the age of 25, the expo will bring together the latest products, services and technology, all under the one roof for two days.

It will be a FREE event for the community to attend.

There is a large amount of information out there that is difficult and time-consuming to filter through and find what is relevant, especially when you are a time-poor parent or carer. This event will do all the hard work for you!

Innovative services / ideas in Aged Care

As people are now living longer but still need some assistance with daily living tasks, the previous concept of ‘old aged homes’ is slowly changing.  For some who need low to moderate assistance there is villa living style accommodation popping up every where with plenty of activities for residents to do every day.

  • Have any of our graduates worked, or are working in this villa type accommodation?
  • Can you share your thoughts on what these villas are like?
  • What sort of tasks / activities do you assist people to do?

On the other hand, there are some elderly people whose needs are so high that they need to become residents in nursing homes.

Unfortunately, there are still some nursing homes which just provide minimal care needs for their residents. Maybe the reason for this is lack of funding, lack of staff or lack of creative initiatives from management.

  • Do any of our graduates work in places like the above?
  • How does this make you feel?
  • Do you have any opportunities to introduce new creative ideas for activities for residents?

The link below has a few innovative ideas to help assist people with dementia and other similar conditions:

https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/2015/01/14/creative-ideas-ageing-old-loneliness-problem/