Thursday, April 12th, 2012
One of Queensland’s foremost aged care providers is leading the way in dementia care with the formation of an innovative person-centred care service at Mitchelton.

Churches of Christ in Queensland’s Centre for Excellence in Dementia Care will provide best practice, individualised, sustainable care focusing on a social wellness model, which targets the promotion of the quality of life for people living with dementia.

Churches of Christ in Queensland CEO Dean Phelan said the Centre for Excellence will better meet the needs of Queensland’s ageing population.

“With the prevalence of dementia in Australia expected to increase four-fold in the next few decades, our organisation, through our division Churches of Christ Care, has self-funded the facility at Mitchelton. Our service will focus on dementia research and the provision of contemporary care and support for clients and their families,” he said.

“We have developed our own innovative ‘cottage life’ model of care. This model is a hybrid of a range of evidence-based practice concepts developed by us in partnership with the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology.”

Mr Phelan said Alzheimer’s Australia’s recent report reflects how little services focus on people as a whole. “Service providers are so immersed in the tasks of care such as toileting, feeding, medications and managing ‘inconvenient behaviours’, they forget the quality of relationship they can have with the person,” Mr Phelan said.

“Our ‘cottage life’ care model changes the climate of care to focus on the person as a whole. Early research indicates we have already achieved higher levels of person-centred care and quality of life for residents, particularly regarding social aspects such as participating in favourite activities and experiencing fun and enjoyment.

Mr Phelan said the Centre for Excellence provides an opportunity to further build on the already excellent services Churches of Christ Care provides for older people.

“We will excel in dementia care by identifying, with each resident and/or their representative, excellent care strategies that truly focus on the whole person. We will also share best practice models of care, staffing and service provision with other organisations.”

Mr Phelan said Churches of Christ is eager to work with all levels of government to advance care for people as they age, especially those persons living with dementia.

“While Alzheimer’s Australia’s report is damning, we have an opportunity as service providers and regulators to work together more closely. Our model is client-focused running across all levels of care; it is innovative and producing great results for clients. It is something we want to share with the industry, funders, consumer organisations and regulators because at the end of the day, we all want the same thing – to provide the best care possible for ageing Australians,” Mr Phelan said.

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Churches of Christ in Queensland

Churches of Christ in Queensland is a group of mainstream Christian churches which has been an active part of the Queensland community for over 125 years.

Churches of Christ in Queensland operates a range of missional and community care services to assist families, the elderly and people in need through church communities and its care division, Churches of Christ Care.

About Churches of Christ Care

Established in 1930, today Churches of Christ Care is one of the largest, most diverse not-for-profit organisations in Australia.

Churches of Christ Care, a division of Churches of Christ in Queensland and working with Churches of Christ in Vic/Tas, provides a range of care services to vulnerable persons at different stages of their life journey.

Churches of Christ Care is active in the areas of early childhood services, child protection, community and affordable housing, retirement living, community aged care, and residential aged care. We operate more than 140 services throughout Queensland and Melbourne, Victoria with the support of more than 3,000 staff and over 700 volunteers.

Services provided by Churches of Christ Care are funded by a mix of government subsidies, grants, fees and charges for our services such as early childhood services and residential aged care, and through fundraising activities.

Our services are offered to all those in need regardless of religious background. Churches of Christ Care is built on a foundation of Christian values, commitment to quality care, and trust and respect for clients and the community.
Annette Densham
P: 0407371688


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