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Embracia Kyneton featured on WIN News

December 18, 2019
Watch WIN News coverage of Embracia's plan to restore the old Kyneton Hospital and provide both Aged Care and Child Care. Read More +

Embracia Kyneton featured on Channel 9 News

December 13, 2019
Watch Channel 9 News coverage of Embracia's plans for the Kyneton Hospital site, including words from Embracia's owner Sarah MacKenzie and Manager Damien Lippiatt. Read More +

Embracia is opening in Kyneton

December 10, 2019
We are so incredibly excited to share our big news! Embracia Victoria is proud to be custodians of the Old Kyneton hospital as well as provide both Aged Care and Child Care to this historical site. Keep watching this space for more frequent updates. Read More +

How Embracia nurtures the next generation of care providers

September 11, 2019
Australia is getting older and wiser – 1 in 7 Aussies, or 15% of the population, were aged 65 and over in 2017. Those figures are projected to increase over the next few decades. As our population continues to age, empathetic and competent care providers are needed more than ever.

Embracia believes in the transfer of valuable skills and knowledge to aspiring care providers through its prestigious student program. These students are an integral part of the community, cultivating friendships with residents and staff. The most promising candidates go on to become Embracia employees and leaders in the aged care industry.

More on our student program

This year, we have close to 300 students from up to 10 registered training organisations (RTOs) studying certificates in individual support and ageing support services. These students are poised for personal care assistant positions upon completion of their studies.

Embracia understands the need for more suitably qualified workers to be able to provide quality, person centred care to its residents.

Our approach to hands-on learning

Our students typically receive 120 to 160 hours of placement with our nursing home, as well as a comprehensive induction. To help them settle into this new environment, the students are assigned to certain lifestyle areas and sections of our aged care facility, giving them the opportunity to get to know the residents, who love seeing new faces in the home.

The benefit of this arrangement is two-fold: first, it gives the students an authentic experience of what it would be like to work in a care facility. Second, residents thrive on the attention, care, and engagement they receive, enabling them to create new friendships, if only for a short period of time.

Students wear colour coded name tags indicating to staff and residents that they are still in training so residents are aware that they are working in a limited capacity and can’t help with absolutely everything just yet. Our colour coded system works as follows

Blue- Student is new and only able to work in lifestyle.

Red- The student’s first few days in a household, they must have constant supervision from staff and are observing only.

Orange- As the student’s confidence and skills develop they are able to interact with residents more independently.

Green- Towards the end of the student program, it is all systems go and the student is able to work as they would as a Personal Care Worker.

Residents’ involvement in the student program

Our residents are usually the best opinions on how well the students have done during their work experience. Having a great relationship with the residents is often one of the best indicators that the student could be a good choice for a future role.

For their part, students have reported gaining fulfillment from the program as they get to experience the environment first hand, helping them see what it’s like to look after the residents and help them with day-to-day activities

They learn the importance of building relationships and friendships with residents and staff to make caring for residents a more enjoyable experience. This reduces any stress or discomfort for everyone in the community and helps students fulfill their duties to the highest levels.

How to join

Embracia has facilities in Reservoir and Moonee Valley. Dianna Chapman is in charge of Education, Learning and Development.

Get in touch with us  to find out how you can join our student program and start a career in the aged care industry.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane- the benefits of reminiscing in aged care

July 24, 2019
Reminiscence can be a powerful tool when working in aged care. There are many positive benefits to reminiscence and various activities that can be utilised to recall memories. By reminiscing, it can help the elderly to find meaning, form friendships and in some instances can help to gain closure.

What is reminiscence?

Reminiscence, sometimes described as “random remembering”, is the joyful recollection of people, experiences, and relationships from the past. This is often done through storytelling, daydreaming, and nostalgia.

Anyone who has lived to a certain age will indulge in reminiscence at one point, like remembering the movie you watched on your 10th birthday, getting your first car, or the dress your wife wore the day you proposed.

As we advance into old age, reminiscence takes on more significance. Experts who have studied aging and memory believe that seniors who were able to look back on life events in all their highs and lows enjoyed a greater deal of satisfaction.

For the American Psychological Association (APA), reminiscence in the form of oral and/or written histories is used in therapy to improve psychological well-being.  Psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers have used it to help the elderly cope with some of the challenges that come with old age.

Although it is often used interchangeably with “life review”, some practitioners differentiate between the two.

While reminiscence is the spontaneous, passive, and simple recollection of memories, life review is a more structured process that revolves around certain life themes relating to the participant’s childhood, family life, and career, just to name a few.

Why revisit the past?

There are many benefits to reminiscing, including:

  •  Closure – Reminiscence allows individuals in aged care to look back on past conflicts with the benefit of hindsight, maturity, forgiveness, and understanding, allowing them to move forward and live in the present.
  • Meaning – People tell stories to create meaning. Reminiscence helps the elderly recreate their lives’ meaning by connecting the past with the present. It’s also a way for them to reflect on their accomplishments so that they develop a deeper appreciation for what they have done in their lives.
  • Quality of life – Those who reminisce have been shown to have a better outlook on life. Remembering and sharing positive memories not only lifts their mood and self-esteem, it also eases depression. It offers relief to seniors who are less mobile, as it helps them go back to a time when they were more physically active.
  • Communication – As residents engage in animated conversations about the past, memories and emotions are ignited, increasing their ability to communicate. It also allows them to communicate in ways that are meaningful and more personal to them.
  • Connection – Reminiscing can be done in groups, helping residents find common interests and experiences, and gives them opportunities to connect meaningfully with new people.
  • Family history – It helps preserve memories that can be passed down from one generation to another, forging family histories.

Reminiscing activity ideas

Reminiscing can be done one-on-one, within groups, or within families. Having a reminiscence group in a nursing home enables the elderly to start friendships with those in their group and gives them other people to confide in. The spontaneous and unstructured quality of reminiscence also puts them at ease, encouraging them to share more of their recollections in a warm and lively setting.

These ideas can help you get started:

  • Guessing games – Let participants guess the name of an object, place, or famous personality by giving them clues.
  • Famous faces – Show them photos of famous people from past decades to jog their memory and spark conversation.
  • Songs from the past – Bring in an old turntable, play popular songs from their era, and have them guess the title and the artist.
  • Famous movie quotes – Read out popular quotes from old movies and have them guess the title.
  • Games they played as kids – Describe popular kids’ games and toys from their era and have them guess what it is.
  • Remembering the year – Every year and decade has its fads, cultural movements, and historic events. Choose a year or decade, and encourage the participants to share meaningful anecdotes from that time in history.

Through our varied lifestyle program, Embracia plans meaningful and engaging activities for their residents. Often these activities involve reminiscence and evoke a lot of warm and happy memories for our residents.

If you would like to learn more about our program, Contact Embracia today or book a tour and we will happily show you what we are all about.

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The Benefits of Living in a Pet-Friendly Nursing Home

June 18, 2019
Live the best years of your life with an animal companion by your side. There are many benefits of pet-friendly aged care in Melbourne.

Pet-friendly aged care facilities increase the satisfaction and happiness among the elderly, as well as resulting in fewer animal surrenders to pet shelters.

The joys of pet ownership

Pet ownership is mentally beneficial to people of all ages. Bonding with pets for as little as 15 minutes can lower cortisol levels and increase the production of serotonin – that means playing catch with your toy poodle or taking your golden retriever out for a walk can leave you feeling less stressed and happier overall.

And there’s no better time to enjoy the companionship of a devoted pet than in your golden years. With more time to care for pets, you can provide a better quality of life to animals in need of a home.

Retirees who are no longer able to engage in activities they used to enjoy, or stay in touch with friends, will find consolation in the company of their furry friends.

Other benefits include:

  •  More physical activity. Pets, particularly dogs, encourage their owners to engage in light physical activity such as playing, cleaning, and daily walks.
  •  More social interaction. Pet owners generally have more opportunities to socialize by meeting other pet owners or talking to people who show       interest in their pets.
  • Better morale. Pets are known to improve their owners’ mood, lessening feelings of loneliness and isolation, and giving them a renewed sense of purpose.
  • Increased alertness. Pets’ reliance on their owners can make you feel more alert and mentally present.
  • Routine. Pet ownership requires work, but caring for one gives structure to day-to-day life, with owners having to follow regular feeding times and exercise.

The need for pet-friendly aged care services

Despite the benefits of pet ownership, however, only 18% of residential aged care facilities in Australia allow retirees to take their pets with them, according to a 2017 study by the Animal Welfare League of Australia (AWLA). The study also found that 7% of pet surrenders were related to the need for aged care, with over 9,600 surrenders to the RSPCA believed to be elderly-related.

These statistics point to the need for pet-friendly aged care services. The good news is that there are some aged care facilities that acknowledge the benefits of pet ownership and the need for animals to stay with their owners.

The primary benefits of pet-friendly aging care services include:

  •  A reduced need to surrender pets to shelters, particularly older pets that may have difficulty finding a new home
  • Smoother transition to aged care
  • Increased morale for both staff and residents

How to choose a pet-friendly nursing home in Melbourne

There are several factors to consider when choosing a pet-friendly aged care service provider, including:

  • Policies. A nursing home often allows pets based on certain conditions, such as the number, size, and breed of your animal companions. The majority of pets in residential facilities are dogs and cats, though fish and birds are also allowed
  • They will also make sure that your pet is full vaccinated and non-disruptive to other residents and animals in the nursing home.
  • Space. How much space does the community offer? Though caged animals, such as birds, have no need for open space, other animals, such as dogs and cats, must have room to play and roam.
  • Security. The facility must be secure enough so that your beloved pets will not be able to escape or get lost or trapped.
  • Support. Does the community have a support group for pet owners? You will be expected to take full care of your pet, but the existence of support groups will make caring for your pet less overwhelming and more fulfilling.

Embracia understand the needs of its residents and the important role pets play in their lives. This pet-friendly community offers the highest quality of care and a lifestyle-focused approach in order to create a warm and friendly environment for residents and their pets.

If you would like to find out more about Embracia and their pet friendly philosophy, feel free to contact us today for a chat or a tour of one of our homes.

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The Benefits of Staying Active

May 8, 2019
The World Health Organisation Declares Aged Care Activity A Lifesaver Here at Embracia, we’ve instinctively known that keeping our residents active is an integral part of their overall care regime, and the good news is that the World Health Organisation agrees. They have now released research stating the concrete benefits of staying active as we get older - and there are many. Read on to find out how keeping active can help your ageing family member.

Redefining Wellness at Embracia Aged Care Homes

These days we measure physical health by how much functionality a person has. Function is measured by the ageing person’s ability to perform the things they need to do to feel physically and emotionally well.

The concept of well being has three aspects, social, mental and physical. Activity should always aim to improve at least one of these three aspects of life. Residents report an increase in feeling connected to the world and one another after undergoing physical activity, these feelings do wonders for their mental well being.

The process of ageing is challenging enough, here at Embracia we want to make sure our residents feel as well as possible for as long as possible.

Embracia Keeps People Moving

At Embracia, we tailor our care to your loved one’s needs. Some of the more ‘active’ of the activities we do with residents include walking groups around the neighboring streets. We find the residents love to get out in the sun and see the local neighborhood around both of our Melbourne based nursing homes.

There are also daily group exercise classes with Karina the physiotherapist, and we put on carpet bowls and Bocce on rainy days. There’s also handball to keep hand/eye coordination sharp and of course each month residents find themselves at RSL socials where they can dance to live music. We also bring in live entertainers for the residents who are less able to get out and about, but are still keen to be involved and keep active.

Activity: Four Essential Elements Of Aged Care

Agility
One of the first benefits we start seeing is an improvement in the ability to reach and balance. When your loved one is encouraged to be active, it gives them confidence and independence.

2. Longevity

Gentle exercise like walking can add several years to your lifespan. The World Health Organisation reports that sedentary living is one of the top causes of disability and early death.

3. Fall Prevention

Activity and gentle exercise reduce not just falls but the fear of falling. Confidence is gained through improved strength and balance. If falls have been an issue for your loved one, our physiotherapist can help them work on building muscle and preserving bone density to help reduce the instance of falls in the future.

4. Relieve Chronic Pain

Many residents live with chronic pain. Gentle activity increases blood flow to the heart which keeps cholesterol levels down and therefore reduces incidents of stroke or heart disease. It can also help reduce pain and to manage all sorts of physical conditions by increasing muscle tone, strength and ability.

Understand the Embracia Aged Care Experience

Discover the benefits of staying active at Embracia Aged Care homes, contact us on 1800 281 274 to book a tour.

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Day Respite Centre opening at Moonee Valley- April 2019

March 19, 2019
Embracia Moonee Valley is happy to announce the opening of our Day Respite Centre in late April 2019, a welcoming haven for clients over the age of 65 years. Loved ones can be dropped off to experience Embracia Moonee Valley on a Wednesday and/or Thursday between 9.30 am- 3.00 pm. These days will increase in line with demand over time. This is a wonderful opportunity to give your loved one a taste of what it’s like at an aged care facility. They’ll be able to rest and interact with others in the community in a completely safe and friendly environment.

High quality short term aged care

The day respite program is overseen by qualified nursing staff providing the highest level of care for our visitors. Our team of personal carers, nurses and lifestyle staff will be on hand to provide assistance and support throughout the day.

Whilst an aged care assessment (ACAS) is preferred, it is not essential. The Aged Care Assessment does provide us with a complete medical history, however our qualified clinicians will also undertake their own assessment before admission to the program to ensure we can meet all the client’s care needs. The important thing is communication. We know you’re entrusting us with your loved one for the day and we don’t take that lightly.

Respite care for the whole family

Our designated lifestyle, nursing and care staff, will create a varied program of activities to keep our day centre clients engaged and inspired. Consider it a self-care outing for your loved one and a period of welcome respite for you. The day to day pressures of caring for an aging loved one can become overwhelming for even the most resilient family members, so taking a break is a wise and kind practice for both you and your loved one.

The introduction of a one or two day a week routine of respite care for your loved one will give your family and the primary caregiver some valuable time off. Whether you use it to run errands, catch a yoga class or just read a book at home. You’ll be giving yourself a well earned break at the same time as helping your relative ease gently into this next stage of life.

Fall In love with Embracia Moonee Valley

The scene is set for our visitors and residents to have a great day out at the Moonee Valley Day Respite centre. Everything from good coffee, delicious chef prepared meals, a funny movie, gentle exercise classes and an afternoon in the library or even a nurturing haircut. Clients will also have access to all amenities within the home including the café, outdoor spaces, chapel, physiotherapy, and the hair salon.

Our clients find the benefits of social interaction and getting involved with others in the aged community is a great way to help them feel connected. Just being out of the house and on an outing is a great way to lift their spirits.

An introduction to Aged Care

If you’re wondering about the future, the Moonee Valley Day Respite program is a great way for family members to ease their loved one into the aged care process gently. At some point they may need permanent care, so we’d love to welcome them and make them as comfortable as possible with the home, in-case that time may arise down the track.

There are lots of aged care facilities out there, but Moonee Valley is one of the few who takes a truly holistic approach to maintain the health and well being of our elderly clients. Our team of staff are compassionate leaders who go the extra mile for our residents to ensure their time in aged care is as comfortable, stimulating and fun as possible.

Contact Embracia Moonee Valley today

If you’d like your loved one to experience a day in the Respite Centre, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 8579 4800 or CLICK HERE to complete a quick form to register your interest. We can talk through their needs, book in a tour and make sure we have everything on hand to care for them while they’re with us.

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Welcome to David Turnbull, Manager at Embracia Moonee Valley

February 27, 2019
Embracia Moonee Valley welcomes David Turnbull as their newest Manager and member of the team.

David was born and bred in the inner North West. He understands the local community well after living in the area most of his life, attending College in Keilor and playing for community basketball and football clubs. David has a keen interest in cooking, keeping fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with his young family.

David’s previous role was as National Sales and Operations Manager at the Salvation Army. Here his work involved helping the less fortunate find new opportunities including many struggling elderly who are in need of a helping hand. Although this is his first foray into the Aged Care industry, his passion to help people is what drives him the most – and he’s excited about what he can bring to Moonee Valley’s rich ambience and culture.

“I’m committed to doing what I can to help people’s families feel comfortable knowing that their loved one is happy, safe and well cared for”, David said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to make an impact on people’s lives, which is what I love to do.”

David mentioned how especially grateful he is to be working within such a supportive team, and how comfortable he has felt from the beginning. “Walking in from day one, the level of care and inspiration has been tremendous from the Embracia team ” David explained.

“They’re always there to help each other, a very tight knit team with a lot of passion and energy.”

One of David’s driving interests is creating a positive environment for growth and opportunity, allowing current and new staff to pursue their own professional and personal goals.

“This is something of which I would like to build upon here at Embracia. This role has opened up a great opportunity to learn and grow, which is exactly the culture I want to nurture  here with the staff. As Embracia expands, this will mean new faces joining the team and more opportunities for all involved. So this will be an exciting time”.

Welcome to the Embracia team David, we are excited to have you on board.

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Christmas time at Embracia

December 19, 2018
December has been a busy month at Embracia for all our staff, residents, family and friends. Our lifestyle calendar has been jam packed with activities to get everyone into the festive spirit, the count down is on until Christmas.

Embracia Moonee Valley got the celebrations off to a start with their annual Christmas BBQ. There was a massive turnout of around 400 people which was lovely to see so many family members and friends getting involved. All guests enjoyed a tasty BBQ with over 1000 sausages cooked on the day. We had live entertainment with Sam Balbo who always gets residents singing and dancing, as well as a visit from Santa himself!

 

We have also featured a Christmas themed high tea, made Christmas tree decorations in our art and craft workshop and challenged the residents with Santa origami. Some of our residents traveled to the East Keilor RSL for their Christmas lunch function, whilst others enjoyed an outing to the Milleara Mall to organise their Christmas shopping for loved ones.

Last week we held our resident Christmas luncheon. Cam cooked a delicious Christmas feast, there were presents for everyone and the beautiful sounds of students from prep to grade 6 from St Martin’s De Porres school choir performing Christmas carols.

Today at Embracia Reservoir our residents are also being treated to their delicious Christmas lunch. Tonight they will also host their annual carol service with family and friends, which is a highlight of the Christmas Calendar for those involved.

We are looking forward to our New Year Eve Happy hour celebrations later this month to conclude another busy year of our lifestyle program in both Moonee Valley and Reservoir. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the holiday season, from the team at Embracia Victoria.

 

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