CO.AS.IT. named as Finalist in Hesta Aged Care Awards 2015

logoCo.As.It named as Finalist in Hesta Aged Care Awards for Outstanding Organisation.  Winners will be announced on 27th August in Canberra.

HESTA Media Release- 2015 Finalist Co.As.It. “Because we care – A Humanist Approach” Program  (PDF)

QLD aged care agency recognised for its ‘humanistic’ approach.

team-dinaAn agency providing aged care services to people at home has been recognised for adopting a ‘humanistic’ approach that has resulted in clients gaining a greater level of independence and control over their daily activities.

Co.As.It Community Services in Albion has developed “Because we care – A humanistic approach” program that goes beyond just providing services to enable older people to live on a day to day basis to include helping the person achieve their personal life goals.

Co.As.It. Community Services is one of five finalists in the Outstanding Organisation category of the 2015 HESTA Aged Care Awards.  The Awards recognise those in the aged care sector who made an exceptional contribution to improving the quality of life for older Australians.

Co.As.It. Community Services Director, Dina Ranieri said the program ensured that services being provided enhanced the client’s individuality, autonomy and control in creating the positive changes they wanted to achieve in their life.

“Our new model of care in providing aged care and support services to older people at home incorporates promoting wellness and fulfilment,” she said.

“One client who was bed-ridden and dependent on her elderly husband expressed her ambition to regain her mobility and autonomy.  Following discussions with her family, care workers and allied health professionals, a decision was made to provide intensive support services and allied health care over a six- week period.

“As a result, she was able to realise her dream by walking independently, reducing her anxiety and instilling a new interest in life as she continues to look after herself and her husband.”

Mrs Ranieri said the agency made a concerted effort to re-educate staff to the new ways of working and seeing people as individuals with personal aspirations and goals.

“Over 100 care workers and team leaders were provided with formal training on maximising the potential of clients to achieve higher levels of wellness and autonomy,” she said.

Finalists are in the running for a share of the $30,000 prize pool, generously provided by proud sponsor, ME.

The Team Innovation and Outstanding Organisation Award winners each receive a $10,000 development grant. The Individual Distinction Award winner will receive a $5,000 ME EveryDay transaction account and $5,000 towards further education.

ME CEO, Jamie McPhee, said, “we’re delighted to give these outstanding individuals, the opportunity to develop and continue to progress their profession, and support innovative health programs that ultimately benefit the entire industry and community.”

The winners will be revealed at the HESTA Aged Care Awards dinner on Thursday 27 August in Canberra.

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