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Moyne Health Services (MHS) has a proud tradition of partnership with the local community to provide services that are as individual as the population. Our elders are an integral thread of the fabric of our community and it is in this theme that Residential Aged Care Services at MHS strive to promote a home like atmosphere that is woven of the experiences of all who live and work there.
Belfast House accommodates 30 residents who require a higher level of care.
All staff who work at MHS have a sound understanding of services offered and the value of working together to generate ‘cross pollination’ of services, thus ensuring that residents and their families have a greater choice when it comes to care. MHS promotes ageing in place. Ageing in place ensures that relationships developed with residents, their families and staff are continued throughout the journey of ageing.
MHS Aged Care offers residents who choose to live with us an engaging and resident driven activity program. The residents’ rights to choice, dignity and self determination are foremost in our planning. In Belfast House we hold monthly resident meetings to discuss issues and plan forward. This very real involvement in the day to day details of their homes provide residents and their families with the opportunity to reflect on the month past and plan for the, months ahead in collaboration with care and leisure and lifestyle staff.
Two important initiatives are in place at MHS to ensure that the individual moving to residential aged care is supported and encourage to maintain a sense of self.
In April this year, MHS was successful in a submission for funding to be part of the 'Count Us In' initiative. 'Count Us In' focuses on the concept of social inclusion in residential aged care. MHS has decided to produce a documentary style DVD to highlight the many ways in which we work with residents and their families to maintain the resident’s connectedness with the community. The basic theme being explored is ‘same person, different address’ and will concentrate in particular on the period of transition from living at one’s lifelong home to moving into one’s new home at Moyneyana or Belfast. An outcome of the project will be to produce a DVD resource which can be provided to potential new residents and their families, used for community and industry education so that social inclusion becomes the norm.
We promote a philosophy that incorporates all aspects of the human habitat to provide individuals in residential aged care with experiences that ensure a continuance of life and interaction with children, animals and plants. Our human habitat committee is ongoing and involves residents, families, staff and volunteers.