The Whiddon Group
2018 Innovation Name: MyLife Relationship Based Care Program
Awards: 46th Most Innovative Company
Research amongst older people with care needs shows that relational approaches to care, where care staff build strong relationships and deliver a highly personalised level of care, achieve the best outcomes for consumers.
Current aged care practices typically result in a lack of staff continuity and a task focussed approach. Imagine that you are 94 and very fragile. But you still want to go out like you used to, meet with friends, go fishing or swimming. You are told that the most you can expect from life now is to feel safe and have your health problems looked after, enjoying life is no longer important. Fortunately you find a community organisation that can look after you really well, that has wonderful people who become your friends and who are constantly trying to find ways to keep you doing the things you love and connected to the people you love.