Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Improved resident outcomes are the shared vision of W&L and its Residential Care partners. With this in mind, Wellness and Lifestyles are proud to report the introduction of a Student Volunteer joint venture with the University of Adelaide.

With volunteers hard to come by at any time, this venture has seen delightful relationships developing on many levels. A high number of overseas students have shown interest in the program, allowing for promotion of cross cultural relationships, as well as relationships spanning the generations.

This project has fostered an association between volunteer students and Adelaide’s older population by working in-conjunction with W&L physio and occupational therapists. As part of the partnership of training, the University provides volunteers with both customer service and cultural training before they attend the site; and W&L provides manual handling training, basic exercise education and instruction. All volunteers have appropriate police checks before attending site and any further site requirements can be initiated as required.

Once manual handling, education and orientation, have been addressed, our therapists then provide the volunteer with a list of residents who are motivated to improve themselves and open to forming new relationships. From this position, increased involvement with walking programs, individual and group exercise programs is set in motion. W&L therapists can then continue in a supervisory capacity whilst the volunteers continue in their role. This means more free time for your care, nursing and activities staff to complete other tasks.

This program is only available to not-for-profit clientele. However, there has been a great deal of interest from other residential facilities interested in joining the venture. Whilst it is only in its infancy, we expect a significant growth of this program in 2011 as the relationship between W&L and the University of Adelaide continues to develop and prosper.

The program, is at present, in recess for the academic year exam and holiday period. The program is expected to resume next year, around February or March.

If you would like to join a growing list of interested parties involved in the Wellness and Lifestyles and University of Adelaide Student Volunteer joint venture, or would like more information, please email W&L on [email protected]

Kirsty Masters

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Wellness & Lifestyles Pty Ltd

Established in 2003, Wellness & Lifestyles soon became SA’s number one provider of quality allied health services along with training to the aged care industry.

Our mission at Wellness & Lifestyles Australia is to improve the quality of elderly people’s lives. We provide onsite, affordable allied health services, ACFI consulting service and education & training to facilities and clients across South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory.
Kirsty Masters
P: 0405 572 055
W: www.wellnesslifestyles.com.au


Student Volunteer joint venture with the University of Adelaide



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