At Sutherland Food Services we are focused on YOU and supporting you to experience life to its full potential.
We are embracing a new approach to community care that has emerged in recent years and continues to gain traction in Australia. The traditional model for community care has a focus on illness and dependence by providing passive support for individuals. The concept of Wellness and Reablement (or Enablement) replaces this with a model of proactive care centred around capacity building, meaning that independence in performing activities of daily living is encouraged and facilitated.
There is an increasing body of evidence that this shift in focus produces more favourable outcomes for consumers with improved wellness, through achieving greater independence, and consequently reducing the amount and cost of care. This is a true win-win situation, where we can achieve better client outcomes at a reduced financial cost.
What is Wellness?
Wellness is the optimisation of a person’s physical and mental health and well-being. We understand that an individual, despite increasing frailty and decreasing health, has the capacity to improve their physical, social and emotional well-being. This is achieved through a flexible and tailored approach to the delivery of care, taking into account the individual’s unique set of circumstances and goals.
“A state of physical, mental and social wellness; a way of life which equips the individual to realise the full potential of their capabilities and to overcome and compensate for weakness.”
– Well-being, as described by the World Health Organisation.
What is Enablement?
Reablement is closely linked, but distinct from wellness. It is the process of helping people regain, or re-learn, skills required for daily living which have been lost due to deteriorating health or advancing frailty. It is distinct from addressing specific health care issues.
Reablement programs are led by Allied Health professionals and are time-limited (6-12 weeks) with specific goals set around activities required for daily living. The focus is on engaging individuals in a program designed to improve their ability to perform specific activities of daily living, and minimise the amount of care required for these activities. For example, making a cup of tea, dressing themselves or independent showering.
Benefits to the Individual
- Increased feelings of independence, empowerment and autonomy in managing their health and abilities.
- Improved physical and emotional well-being.
- Improving their ability to self-care and to perform everyday activities of daily living.
- Reducing the need for ongoing home care services.
- Reducing the risk of falls and fall-related injuries.
- Avoiding hospital admission for reasons directly addressed by this program, for example, falls, medication or chronic disease mismanagement.
A study on Reablement programs in the UK found:
- 53-68% of people left the Reablement program not requiring any immediate homecare
- 36-48% of that group still required no homecare at 2 years
- 34-54% had maintained or reduced their levels of care 2 years after Reablement.
Consumers on a Reablement program had:
- 71% had less difficulties with activities associated with daily living
- 33% no longer needed ongoing care services
- 39% needed a lower level of service.
In keeping with this evidence-based best practice, Sutherland Food Services is embracing Wellness and Reablement as part of our service delivery.
Wellness Champions is a campaign by three well-established community businesses in the Sutherland Shire offering services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
We are all like-minded in terms of addressing the advantages of a holistic model of care and choice for customers living in the Shire.
HOW TO MASTER THE AGED CARE SYSTEM
Wednesday 21st April 2021 | Club Central Menai
44 – 60 Allison Cres, Menai
Session 1: 10am – 12pm
Unsure where to start with Aged Care Services?
During this session, you will hear from two representatives from The Regional Assessment Team who will assist you navigate the Aged Care journey, demystifying the issues including how to register for services and what to expect at an assessment. Facilities for My Aged Care registration will also be available. Post event you will be able to engage with community businesses in the Sutherland Shire offering services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program including Home Modification Solutions, Sutherland Food Services & Activus Transport – your Wellness Champions as well as Clever Care Now offering blood pressure testing.
The Expo is FREE and includes refreshments, information bag and a $15 Club Menai Bistro voucher for use at the conclusion of the first information session.
Session 2: 12pm – 3pm (Lunch 12pm – 1pm)
How to get the most out of the Commonwealth Home Support Program?
During this session you will hear from guest speaker Carrie Hayter, a leading Aged Care advocate and academic. Carrie’s presentation will clearly distinguish the difference between the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Package Program allowing you to review your options. Post event you will also have the opportunity to engage with community businesses in the Sutherland Shire offering services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program including Home Modification Solutions, Sutherland Food Services & Activus Transport – your Wellness Champions as well as Clever Care Now offering blood pressure testing.
The Expo is FREE and includes refreshments, information bag and a $15 Club Menai Bistro voucher for use prior to the session commencing at 1:00pm.
For more information please visit www.wellnesschampions.org.au or call 1300 637 301.