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Maintaining health and wellbeing in an aged care home

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Maintaining health and wellbeing in an aged care home
aged care health maintenance
January 7, 2019
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Five essential ways we encourage healthy living in aged care

Health, fitness and general wellbeing are all key to keeping our mind and body in shape and ready for life’s challenges. At Medical & Aged Care Group, we are dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare services and support for all of our aged care residents.

From our wonderful healthcare professionals, to community activities, to the menu, our focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle is paramount. Visit Medical & Aged Care Group to learn more about our aged care philosophy and reputable residential aged care facility.

Access to healthcare services and therapies

The need for 24-hour care is often a deciding factor for aged care residents. At Medical & Aged Care Group, we have qualified registered nurses and care staff available at all times.

Additionally, there are a variety of other allied health professionals who visit the homes regularly including:

  • Doctors
  • Optometrists
  • Dentists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dietitians

To view the full lists of allied health professionals, visit our website. Alternatively check the specific website of the home you are interested in.

Protecting mental health

Looking after mental health is another essential aspect of comprehensive healthcare at our homes. For some people this will mean having access to specific allied health services for treatment or therapy.

For many though, promoting healthy minds involves keeping the mind active with activities and social connections. Examples of activities offered at the home may include:

  • Newspaper readings
  • Morning tea groups
  • Tai Chi classes
  • Guided meditation
  • Arts and craft
  • Armchair travel
  • Music therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Support groups
  • Social responsibility programs
  • Bingo, cards, bowls, crosswords and quizzes

Each of our homes is unique, so there may be minor differences in the specific activities offered. However, our approach to healthcare is the same and aimed at preserving skills, memory, independence and dignity.

Staying physical and active

Maintaining health and wellbeing

Maintaining mobility, strength and fitness is another important goal as we age. This will look different for each individual, but the benefits of physical activity are immense and have a great impact on our overall health.

Exercise or movement not only gives your body a boost but your mind as well and helps people maintain their independence for longer. Examples of services and activities we offer to encourage a ‘stay active’ approach include:

  • Physiotherapy and exercise programs
  • Outdoor walking group
  • Access to community activities
  • Games like bowls
  • Excursions to places of interest

We understand each person will have different physical capabilities and perhaps health related factors that could impact their movement. For this reason we have a range of activities including low impact.

Finding strength in community

One of the great advantages of joining our aged care homes is the instant community you are welcomed into. The importance of building and maintaining social connections within the home and from visitors such as friends and family cannot be overstated.

Recent research has revealed that loneliness is a serious public health problem and older Australian’s can be particularly vulnerable. We encourage happiness, connection, satisfaction and self-worth through a wide range of activities including:

  • Musicians provide sing–a–longs
  • Work with local community groups
  • Scenic drives
  • Diverse cultural programs
  • Games like cards, bingo and bowls

We commit a lot of time and effort into providing activities that create a strong, vibrant community. There is also an excellent network of volunteers who develop meaningful relationships with residents and engage in activities.

Maintaining a good diet

Another vital element to maintaining health is with a fresh and hearty diet. At Medical & Aged Care Group we understand the simple pleasures of a good meal and importance of a menu that is well-balanced and nutritious.

Our full times chefs work alongside dietitians to ensure the meals are meeting all the residents requirements. We prepare daily menus that taste great and present well. This care is reflected in the feedback from residents who find meal time an enjoyable experience and a wonderful time to connect.

Explore residential aged care in Melbourne today with Medical & Aged Care Group homes. To learn more about the high-quality facilities and wide variety of services please check out our website. If you have any questions feel free to contact us and our friendly team will gladly assist.

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