Older Victorians living in public sector residential aged care services are encouraged to get involved and participate in their local community thanks to the DHS Count us in! social inclusion for older people living in residential aged care services 2008-09 grant.
The aim of the Count us in! initiative is to promote and facilitate community inclusion, good health and quality of life for older people living at residential aged care. A key objective of the Count us in! initiative is to raise awareness of the vast benefits of social inclusion for all participants and to support a more inclusive life for older people in residential aged care.
Funding from the grant will support community partnerships, strengthen community and workforce capacity to provide meaningful social inclusion opportunities for our senior Victorians as social inclusion a shared responsibility. Residents can improve their health and well-being through reconnecting with their community and to participate in activities that were once a key part of their lives.
WDHS received $28,000 to develop a sustainable men's out and about program with a person centred foundation to provide meaningful programs for male residents. The WDHS with the assistance of the grant will aim to empower senior Victorians to maintain and strengthen their interests, community connections and engagement with family, friends and social clubs. The project will also develop practical resources and tools for other aged care staff and management interested in doing similar programs targeting male residents.
The Men’s Out and About Program is a WDHS initiative which aims at increasing the opportunities for male specific socialisation across the 6 aged care campuses of WDHS. The program is coordinated by a project worker who reports to an executive member of WDHS, and a steering committee of interested community and WDHS members. The program is a 12 month program which will run between April 2009- March 2010
The project aim is to increase social activity for men living in residential aged care facilities by promoting social interaction with other men living in the community and other residential aged care facilities.
• To identify men living in residential facilities including level of ability, interests, and previous social activities recognising they are a minority group in residential aged care.
• To develop and provide a scheduled program of activities which enable social activity specific to these interests and reflective of abilities:
- with men living in residential facilities and
- other men living in the community.
• To develop resources and education for Diversional Therapists and other aged care providers on promoting men’s social activities.
2016/17 Program (Due to circumstances out of control this program may be subject to change)
3rd Monday of each month.
Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre
Museum and Film
|November, 2016||21st||Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Halls Gap|
|January, 2017||16th||Barbeque in the Gardens||Hamilton|
|February, 2017||20th||Fishing and Fish and Chips||Port Fairy|
|March, 2017||20th||Car Rally with Mystery Destination||
|April, 2017||10th||Maritime Centre and Hotel Lunch||Portland|
|May, 2017||15th||Classic Cars and Lunch||Coleraine|
|June, 2017||19th||Surf Club||Port Fairy|
August 2016 Mens Out and About:
Minature Railway Club Heywood:
In August the mens out and about program enjoyed a lovely day at the minature railway club in Heywood, followed by lunch of bakery food, which they ate whilst they sat in the sun and chatted to each other.
October 2016 Mens Out and About:
Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre - Harrow.
A long trip to Harrow to visit the Johnny Mullagh Cricket centre, where the residents enjoyed a short video on the history and story of the cricket museum. Above shows a photograph of the 1st uniform worn by the Indigenous team. A very enjoyable but tiring day was had by all.