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A Beacon of Well-Being: Alessandra’s Vocational Excellence Award

At the centre of our community, where community spirit meets care and compassion, is our Well Being Coordinator at Scalabrini Village Allambie Heights, Alessandra, who has received the Vocational Excellence Award for the work that she does at the community awards night organised by the Rotary Club last night.

Alessandra’s journey tells a story of staunch championing for making life here at our Allambie Heights village as great as possible for our residents – be it in expanding their interestsand passions with personalised activities, to engendering a sense of social engagement in the broader community, she has undoubtedly given our village a fresh coat of paint with her efforts.

This award is given in honour of her passion for service, Alessandra’s exceptional contribution to improving the quality of life in our village through innovative primary care and her relentless effort to make our village a source of continuing happiness and wellness.

Celebrate this the moment with us at the time we take pride in celebrating Alessandra’s achievement. Her success demonstrates a high level of wellbeing coordinator, a beacon that shows us the way to create a better future for every resident at Scalabrini Village by ensuring their happiness. Congratulations, Alessandra!

 

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Scalabrini Villages Welcomes New Board Member

 

Scalabrini Villages Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Kathryn K. Goozee as a new board member. Professor Goozee joins the board as a key clinical advisor, bringing her extensive expertise in clinical research and passion for innovative dementia care.

With a distinguished career in neurological diseases, Professor Goozee is the CEO, Director, and Co-Founder of the KaRa Institute of Neurological Diseases, a leading center for dementia research specializing in Alzheimer’s Disease. Her work has significantly contributed to the development of new models of clinical services that enhance access to diagnostic services and strengthen clinical trial recruitment.

Rob Freeman, Chairman of Scalabrini, expressed his enthusiasm about Professor Goozee’s appointment, stating, “Professor Goozee is a highly qualified clinician with a passion for changing the lives of people, especially those with cognitive impairment. Her extensive background and dedication to improving elderly care will undoubtedly bring valuable insights and direction to our board.”

Professor Goozee was drawn to the role by Scalabrini’s mission. “The history of Scalabrini and its mission to support those in need is something that very much attracted me to become a board member. I hope that I can contribute in a meaningful way to support not only the people in our care to live their best life, but also those who work to make it all happen.”

“As a Nurse Practitioner (RN) with over 35 yrs. of health industry experience across hospital, community, residential and private industry, I have witnessed considerable progress within health and community care,” continued Professor Goozee. “As we move forward, our challenge will be to continue to identify service needs, question and review current approaches, and relentlessly pursue innovation to find the best solution.”

Professor Goozee’s role will involve providing strategic and clinical guidance to further enhance the quality and effectiveness of services offered by Scalabrini. Additionally, her extensive research background and leadership in various dementia prevention and treatment studies will be instrumental in guiding Scalabrini’s initiatives.

Professor Goozee’s appointment is a testament to Scalabrini’s commitment to leadership in elder care and an affirmation of our dedication to being at the forefront of industry standards and innovations.

 

About Scalabrini Pty Ltd

Scalabrini Villages Pty Ltd is a leading provider of aged care services, dedicated to delivering innovative and compassionate care solutions to the elderly. With a focus on enhancing the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of its residents, Scalabrini continues to set benchmarks in comprehensive care.

For more information, please contact:

Adam Woods
Director of Customer Experience, Communications and Marketing
adam.woods@scalabrini.com.au

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Social Isolation in Seniors

Addressing the increasing levels of social isolation and loneliness is of paramount importance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently deemed loneliness as a global health priority. The impacts of loneliness are often overlooked, but are crucial determinants of health across all age groups, particularly affecting seniors.

 

It is estimated that 25% of people aged 60 and older globally are considered socially isolated. The consequences of social isolation and loneliness on the longevity, physical and mental health, and overall quality of life for seniors are substantial. In fact, the effect of social isolation and loneliness on mortality has been likened to that of well-established risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. It can even increase the risk of dementia by up to 50%.

 

Recognising the significance of this challenge, various interventions have been developed to mitigate social isolation and loneliness among older individuals. At Scalabrini, these efforts range from face-to-face interactions to digital solutions ran by our wellbeing teams at each aged care village location.

 

Furthermore, creating accessible age-friendly communities plays a vital role in reducing social isolation and loneliness. Scalabrini’s Social Hub is a new seniors day program to combat loneliness and foster community and relationship. Our focus on quality care, tailored lifestyle programs, and engagement with the broader community for all our residents and clients aligns with the our mission to be a for-purpose organisation.

 

Outside of Scalabrini, The United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021–2030) is an international initiative that aims to improve the quality of life of older people and aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. More and more organisations along with Scalabrini are working towards becoming a more social community to improve the health of everyone in our society.

 

The four goals of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing are:

• Combat ageism

• Create age-friendly environments

• Provide integrated care

• Ensure access to long-term care when needed

 

At Scalabrini, the goal of our services is to provide individualised care that encourages choice, control and dignity means that rather than just living life, you or your loved one is living with purpose in a socially beneficial environment.

 

If you want to learn more about the wellbeing and social programs we run at Scalabrini, please contact our friendly staff today at 1800 722 522 or at enquiries@scalabrini.com.au

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What is Aging in Place?

As we get older, we may have to make certain accommodations to how we live our life based on our age. This may be things such as reducing how frequently we drive longer distances at night or transitioning from full time work to part time or retirement.

 

“Aging in place” is a phrase used to refer to someone’s ability to successfully live in their home and community as independently as possible as they get older. To do this, an individual’s environment needs to be adapted to suit their changing needs. The goal of aging in place is for an individual to remain in their home for as long as they possibly can rather than moving into residential aged care prematurely.

 

The key elements of aging in place include:

Modifying the home

To remain at home, home modifications and tools may be needed to keep the primary aspects of the house accessible to use. For example, walk in baths or stair lifts might need to be installed based on an older person’s mobility.

 

Receiving Support Services

Accessing support services such as home care to assist with certain activities such as home maintenance or meeting medical needs means that general independence is maintained within the older person’s capacity

 

Community Engagement

Staying connected with friends, family and the wider community is essential in maintaining a sense of belonging. Poor social and emotional health through isolation has great negative impacts on an individual’s physical health which makes its harder to age well.

 

While this may not prevent the need for someone to enter into residential aged care, aging in place means looking after your health as you age to increase quality of life.

 

With our Scalabrini Social Hub, we can help you or your loved one while aging in place. Please contact us at enquiries@scalabrini.com.au or call 1800 722 522 for more information.

 

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How much does Aged Care in Australia Cost?

Due to there being multiple fees of varying costs due to personal circumstances, it can be difficult and confusing to figure out just how much aged care costs and how the process works.

 

For permanent care, where an individual lives full time in an aged care facility, there are three different costs:

  1. Daily Care Fee
  2. Means Tested Care Fee
  3. Accommodation Payment Fee

 

Daily Care Fee

The Daily Care Fee is set by the Australian Government and is a flat fee that all aged care residents are expected to pay. The amount charged is based on 85% of the annual basic aged care pension. This fee covers basic costs for a resident’s living expenses such as food, cleaning and utilities

 

Means Tested Care Fee

The Means Tested Care Fee is determined by Services Australia. The initial defaulted cost varies across providers until the actual rate is advised. An Asset & Income Assessment (SA457) from Centrelink will determine whether someone is eligible to have any accommodation costs or the Means Tested Fee covered by Services Australia. If this rate changes based on the assessment, the balance will be fixed up and repayments will be made back to an individual if they have been overpaying or there will be more due if their means tested fee is determined too be higher than the default rate.

 

Accommodation Payment Fee

There are three ways to pay the Accommodation Payment Fee which covers the cost of a room. This includes:

  • Refundable Accommodation Payment (RAD)
  • Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP)
  • Hybrid Accommodation Payment

 

RAD = Refundable Accommodation Payment. This is the cost of the room, which varies. Paying the full or partial amount will lower the cost of the daily fees, and upon discharge the full amount is refunded back to the estate of the resident. If the RAD cannot be paid (or only a portion), then a DAP will be paid instead.

 

DAP = Daily Accommodation Payment. This is the cost of the interest on the room price. The interest rate is aligned with the set interest rate by the Government. When accepted into an aged care village, you are locked into the current interest rate at the time of transitioning to permanent care. Upon discharge, no amount paid towards the DAP is refunded back to the estate of the resident.

 

The Hybrid Accommodation Payment is when someone pays part of the RAD and then pays the DAP interest on a smaller principle amount.

 

Club Scalabrini

At Scalabrini, we can also have a fee called Club Scalabrini. This care fee covers costs for the services Scalabrini provides outside of minimal care.

 

Therefore, if you’re looking to put your loved one into aged care at one of our Scalabrini villages, the costs include:

  • Daily Care Fee
  • Means Tested Care Fee
  • Daily Accommodation Payment OR Refundable Accommodation Payment
  • Club Scalabrini

 

To enquire further about the exact costs that these fees incur based on the unique situation of you or your loved one, please contact our informative staff at 1800 722 522 or enquiries@scalabrini.com.au