Model of Care
Feros Care is pioneering a new model of care called the BYRON MODEL that moves beyond the person-centred approach. The underlying principle is to assist in keeping seniors as independent, active and as socially connected to their family, friends and community for as long as possible, supporting them to continue to live their chosen lifestyle and live life to the full. It underpins Feros Care’s strategic planning, thinking, innovation and shapes the development of our services.
The BYRON MODEL encompasses the following philosophies:
- Wellness and Active Ageing: delivering a holistic approach to care and support ensuring our assessment and service focus is considering a person’s social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, environmental, financial, mental, and medical wellness needs and goals.
- Positive Living: to combat the institutionalised ethos of aged and disability care, focusing on making lives worth living by overcoming boredom, inactivity,isolation and depression.
- Re-ablement and Restorative Care: allowing for self-determination, goal setting and capacity building, as well as providing therapy and allied health services with a focus on promoting independence.
The BYRON MODEL is a significant change in not only the thinking behind, but also the delivery of care and services. Its premise is that seniors can maintain their capacity to make gains in their physical, social and emotional well-being and can continue to live as autonomously and independently as possible. It is about Getting Bold Not Old!
The enabling strategies and projects of the BYRON MODEL detailed below ensure the multi-dimensional aspects to good health and well-being are clearly addressed and considered. Underlying all of these strategies is the use of assistive and emerging technologies to support new service delivery models.
- Assessment & Goal Orientated Planning Strategy
- Supported Daily Living Strategy
- Falls Prevention & Mobility Strategy
- Community Re-connection Strategy
- Strengthening Families & Friends Strategy
- Eat Well Live Well Strategy
- Volunteering Strategy
- Reminiscence & Life Story Strategy
- Clinical Care at Home Strategy
- Allied Health At Home Strategy
- Caring for Carers Strategy
- Guided Referral Strategy
- Safe Use of Medicines Strategy
In conjunction with the BYRON MODEL, there are six key areas of expertise and focus for Feros Care based on priorities identified within in our communities and the National Health Priorities.
Eden at Feros
The Eden Alternative is focused on making life worth living by confronting the plagues of ageing’ – loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Eden challenges aged care providers to move beyond traditional institutional mind-sets.
An edenized’ aged care home is a holistic human habitat where care-giving and receiving is balanced and supported by close and continued companionship.
The philosophies behind the Eden Alternative were first embraced at Feros Village Byron Bay following research, selected site visits, staff consensus and consultation with the resident’s committee. Some Eden inspired activities have included:
- reviewing and reformatting our social history tool to reflect the three plagues
- implementing an expanded lifestyle program supported by a qualified Allied Health teams including Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists.
- strengthening our Falls Prevention Program and challenging resident mobility expectations
- promoting a can do’ culture and attitude that focuses on abilities rather than disabilities
- rewording our resident surveys to ask simply are you happy’
- allowing residents to lead the decision making on food, activities, daily programs and activities
- individualised and dynamic activities chosen by seniors to meet their social interests.
- creating meaningful activities and projects where residents and clients can contribute to community projects locally, nationally and internationally – like our Madagascar project.
- arranging Sandman Art, large and beautiful sand castle structures in the gardens
- implementation of the Cornell Depression Scale that considers observations and perceptions
- organising inter-generational activities and performances with the local pre- and primary schools
- adopting dogs, cats, ducks, birds, rabbits who provide in-room and communal pet therapy, with new residents being able to bring their pet to live in the villages.
- delivering palliative care with the support of local multi-disciplinary health providers
- exploring the feasibility of creating a kids playground on-site to make the home more family-friendly
Feros Care has recognised the importance of the Eden Alternative in our new Byron Model of Care and Corporate Strategic Plan as an investment in organisational culture and recipient and staff happiness. Feros Care is currently looking at expanding the Eden Alternative to Feros Village Bangalow, Feros Village Wommin Bayand our numerous Community Care service programs.
For more information on the Eden Alternative visit The Eden in OZ.