What we do
At Scalabrini we offer expert care and support to the frail and elderly with particular emphasis on dementia, and chronic and complex care. We also offer residential respite care which can assist family carers who might have health problems of their own, or who might just need a break from time to time.
A new approach to Dementia
Enabling you to continue living a fulfilling life.
Dementia is not one specific disease, it is an umbrella term used to describe a series of symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. While it can happen to anyone, the risk of dementia increases with age.
Support is vital for people living with dementia. The help of family, friends, carers and qualified professionals can make a significant difference to their quality of life.
At Scalabrini, our goal is to create environments within all our villages that enable people living with dementia to continue living fulfilling lives. Our Sono Io, Italian for “This Is Me,” model, takes a quantum leap from the task-based approach in traditional aged care. The underpinning philosophy of Sono Io is to really see the person and not the condition. It is about respect and empowerment. It is about giving back choice and control, and facilitating meaningful connections, so people continue to live purposeful lives.
Sono Io is a deliberate strategy, that is driven and nurtured by our Dementia Excellence Team and a select group of exceptional Sono Io Ambassadors across our villages. You will find Sono Io everywhere, from smart design decisions through to lifestyle programs and activities that are pushing the envelope in terms of aged care in Australia, to how staff act and behave. If you would like to find out more about Sono Io, please give us a call and one of our Dementia Excellence Team will be more than happy to provide more detail.
If you’d like to learn more about Dementia, we recommend the following sites:
Dementia Australia https://www.dementia.org.au/
University of Tasmania provides a free on-line education module Understanding Dementia http://www.utas.edu.au/wicking/understanding-dementia
Excellence in Chronic and Complex Care
Ensuring optimal management of chronic and complex health needs.
As life expectancy increases (Australians are now living an average of 25 years longer than they were a century ago) so too does the incidence chronic conditions commonly associated with ageing. Chronic diseases are medical conditions that tend to be long-lasting and persistent in their symptoms or development. They include some cancers, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. Often these conditions don’t exist in isolation and optimal treatment for one condition may interfere with the optimal treatment for another. This is what is referred to as chronic and complex care.
Longer life expectancy, coupled with continued improvements in medical science, means we are increasingly living with these chronic conditions which impact on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of individuals, affecting their relationships and involvement in daily activities. In many cases, however, health outcomes can be improved if these chronic and complex conditions are well managed.
Key to Scalabrini’s management of chronic and complex care is the availability of our Registered Nursing staff twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week. Our stable, well educated and highly trained staff provide consistent and coordinated clinical care, building relationships between our residents, their families, general practitioners, medical and allied health specialists, to ensure optimal management of chronic and complex health needs.
Ensuring our residents’ chronic conditions are well managed enables them to live life to the full and engage in our Sono Io programs.
Sensitive and Compassionate Palliative Care
Providing comfort and dignity.
Our aim is to provide support and improve the person’s quality of life by addressing any painful or distressing symptoms, always showing respect and kindness.
Our Advance Care Planning process gives families, doctors and our care teams a clear understanding of the person’s values, health issues and what they would like from their future care.
Family and friends won’t be forgotten. We will be by your side and help you make plans to reflect your preferences.
“A person is a treasure. We try to understand a map of the world of the whole person. What is meaningful to them.”
Sister Maria Elena Figueroa.
Through prayer, companionship and grief support our religious sisters are on call 24 hours a day.
They affirm the dignity of human life and provide a foundation of spiritual and emotional comfort to people of all religions or faiths.
Everyone needs a break.
Caring for a loved one is a valuable and rewarding job but also a tough one, and as a carer, it’s easy to forget about your own wellbeing.
You may be struggling to balance work, family and friends while being a carer. You may have a medical need to attend to, go on a holiday or just recharge and relieve stress.
Respite care at Scalabrini can help you take a break from caregiving, knowing that the person in your care is well looked after and continues to receive care in a safe and fulfilling environment.
You can also use respite care at Scalabrini if you are considering permanent residential care. Your loved one can get used to someone else looking after them while becoming familiar with new surroundings.
Residential respite care is available to older people who have been assessed as eligible for respite care by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). An ACAT assessment for residential respite entitles you to a set number of days of respite care in a financial year.
Caring for the Carer
Offering support to our carers in the community.
The Scalabrini Caring for the Carer program aims to provide information, guidance and support for those of you who are caring for a loved one living with dementia.
Our program runs for six weeks and covers:
- What is dementia, disease progression and changes in behaviour
- Practical strategies, how to establish meaningful relationships and engagement, communication strategies
- Self-care, relaxation and managing emotions
- How the aged care system works, community services, legal issues and financials
- “Where to from here?”
You will have an opportunity to:
- Obtain the latest information on dementia
- Ask questions
- Meet others in a similar situation to you
- Enhance knowledge, skills and abilities
- Discuss what you are going through and express feelings in a safe and empathetic environment
- Explore ways of managing now and into the future