Dementia Excellence Lifestyle Consultant Scalabrini Villages.
Proven ability to empower, educate, motivate & lead others by passing on 30 years experience gained from working in the Aged, Disability & Dementia care sector. Developing culture change strategies, community & residential programs and gained valuable experience & insight into mental health, drug and alcohol abuse & youth at risk.
Has extensive applied knowledge which has achieved recognition for Leisure & Lifestyle in the Accreditation process & acknowledgement for high level of Lifestyle planning and implementation.
Has held various consultancy & leadership roles which includes a teaching position at NSW TAFE, strongly believes in the benefits of positive social interaction, innovation & the essence of meaningful engagement between residents, families & staff.
In long-term care organizations reciprocity in relationships between staff and clients is essential to wellbeing.
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For many people living in care facilities, the means to communicate verbally has become limited or lost due to dementia and this can significantly impact self-esteem. The good news is that over 90% of communication is non-verbal.
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Many elders leave behind a lifestyle they dearly wish to maintain when they enter a care environment. Tapping into someone's muscle memory with daily living tasks will assist in meeting their need to feel valued and purposeful.
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When I started as an aged care worker 30 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Showering, dressing, toileting and feeding were all part of a task orientated day for the people I cared for in an aged care facility.
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