Leadership in Positive Ageing

Catholic Health Australia has recognised an aged care facility purpose-built for people with difficult behaviours with the inaugural CHA Leadership in Positive Ageing Award.

St Vincent's Melbourne's Auburn House was named the winner by Tasmanian Health Minister Lara Giddings in a gala ceremony at CHA's National Conference in Hobart last night.

"Auburn House was created for elderly people with difficult behaviours related to dementia and mental illness," CHA CEO Martin Laverty said.

"It incorporates a range of active environments designed to enrich residents' lives by engaging them in spontaneous and enjoyable activity throughout the day -- in addition to a regular activity program.

"Active areas throughout Auburn House include nurseries, a music corner, a sewing area, a shed with a car and tools, woodwork and leatherwork, a tranquillity garden and a teahouse.

"Since introducing the new areas, Auburn House has noted a significant decrease in behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. The facility is now sharing its ideas with other aged care operators in Australia and internationally."

CHA's Leadership in Positive Ageing Award honours a CHA member organisation that has consistently demonstrated and enhanced the worth and value of the lives of the people it serves.

Highly commended were Holy Spirit Care Services in Queensland and Calvary Rehabilityation and Geriatric Service in Sydney.

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