Miss Melinda Alushaj1, Renee England2,Elise Seach1
1Uniting Residential & Health Care, Leichhardt , Australia
2Residential for Sydney South East
One of the greatest barriers for older Australians to accessing and maintaining daily activities, leisure pursuits and hobbies is transportation, especially for those in aged care. It can be hard to maintain due to a number of reasons such as a decline in acuity, loss of family / carer and increased specialised care needs. We found the need to develop a transport system in our area, servicing 17 residential aged care homes to remove disadvantage in regards to mobility, understanding the impact it can have on a person’s autonomy and independence hence affecting their well-being. Homes within our area have residents with various care needs; to create a transport system that could support this we used the principles of the Community Engagement Framework. It showed us the importance of providing a responsive, supportive, enabling and flexible system that provided door-to-door service, having a flexible-enabling system not just a ‘one size fits all’ there will be less risk of residents being excluded and disengaged. The aim of the transport system was to help and encourage our residents to stay connected and continue to enjoy their daily routines and lifestyle pursuits in and outside of their homes.