VisAbility is committed in the support we offer to older Australians, ensuring our clients live the best possible life.
In 2013, the Australian Government introduced My Aged Care which was targeted to assist individuals aged 65 and over and those aged 50 or over from Torres Strait or Indigenous backgrounds. The aim of the initiative is to help older people access aged care information and services.
Strengthening bonds with other providers
My Aged Care has changed the way services are delivered, but it hasn’t taken away our passion for being client-focused. We’re now collaborating with other aged care providers such as Mercy Care, which is a long-established not-for-profit organisation which offers support and home and living options for the elderly.
We’re working alongside Mercy Care providing services directly to the elderly which Mercy Care doesn’t provide.
We’re also speaking to other providers about our services on a business to business level, rather than business to client. This means greater potential to reach more people in need of our services.
VisAbility excels in providing occupational therapy, orientation and mobility. We also offer guidance with assistive technology and accessibility services to improve day-to-day life.
Complimentary professional development for aged care workers
VisAbility provides free professional development to aged care workers in order to provide skills and tools to people working in direct contact with the elderly.
They’re run by experienced professionals who are experts in their chosen field.
Topics include causes of vision loss in the elderly, assistive technology, fall prevention tactics and tips to support those with vision loss.
Joining Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA)
To build on our commitment to deliver services to those aged 65 plus, we’ve become members of Leading Aged Services Australia (link opens in new window) (LASA). We’re experiencing a rapid growth in our ageing population, so we need to know about the latest services and products to meet market demand.
LASA works toward improved standards, equality and efficiency throughout the industry. It’s a peak body advocating for the health, community and accommodation needs of older Australians. LASA liaises with government and other stakeholders, because its aim is to advance the interests of all age services providers. As a result, the interests of elderly Australians
The new generation of aged care workers
We’ve already attended the two-day LASA WA State Conference and as part of that event, we ran a competition. The prize was a $500 Westin hotel voucher to a lucky recipient.
We’re pleased to announce that the recipient of those vouchers was Nicole Platell. She’s an ideal winner because she’s just starting out on her career as a geriatric occupational therapist.
“I really enjoy working among the elderly, because you get to practise a wide range of therapy and you can see the results. You are helping someone to achieve a better quality of life to ensure they have continuity of care to make tasks easier,” explains Nicole.
“The most rewarding aspect of working in aged care is empowering each individual, so they remain active. By doing that you’re ensuring their purpose and meaning in life.”
We couldn’t have said it better Nicole and we hope you enjoy a break away with your vouchers.