When evidence meets best practice in Community Wellness & Lifestyle

Henwood T1,2

1Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC)

2University of Queensland

Abstract:

When evidence meets best practice in Community Wellness & Lifestyle

Comprehensive reablement models of care that support those with aged care needs to enhance their physical, social and cognitive health and wellbeing are lacking. In turn, community-dwelling older adults progress deeper into disability and experience an increased need for dependent care services.

To address this, Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC)  developed a Community Wellness & Lifestyle model to align to the World Health Organisation’s Healthy Ageing Framework. This model employs the translation of current evidence to best practice to ensure clients achieve their best health possible independent of age, disease or disability.  To enhance the model development, service modifications included the modernisation of environments, investigation and incorporation of evidence based practice, multi-disciplinary client pathways, multi-level engagement to underpin client goals, broad-scoping staff training, and a focus on therapy and prescription culminating in on-going restorative service participation. This innovative Community Wellness & Lifestyle model  integrates many essential elements in supporting client participation and, as a best practice option,  has proven benefits represented by positive client change, service growth and stakeholder acknowledgement.

Delegates attending this presentation will learn how the individual components of the model work together to ensure service enhancement, as well as be given an overview of how model components where added to facilitate growth.  This model exploration will review service data collected to date to demonstrated sustainability and showcase the growing number of internal service projects undertaking during the models maturation.


Biography:

Dr Tim Henwood is the Group Manager for Community Wellness & Lifestyle with Southern Cross Care SA, NT & VIC and a special population exercise physiologist with a specific interest in older adults with complex healthcare needs accessing age care services. He has published more than 60 academic and sector publications reporting on targeted exercise programs for adults 65 years of age and older living in both the community and residential aged care. The message from his work is that you are never too old to benefit from targeted exercise and therapy, and that with the right health pathway even the oldest and most unhealthy adult can be re-abled back to better health and wellbeing.

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