Lifeview invests in research and staff professional development to support the uptake of Australian and international best practice and innovation in residential aged care.
Lifeview co-funds the Australian Centre for Health Research and proactively engages in research to identify better practice, including: study tours and partnering best practice leaders such as Dementia Australia and the Victorian Pride Centre.
Lifeview is a member of industry body Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and actively participates in industry conferences and forms.
The Virtual Forest - In September 2014 Lifeview teamed with Dementia Australia to trial and pilot The Virtual Forest - a sensory therapy application designed to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia through the use of video game technology.
Through this partnership not only did Lifeview assist Dementia Australia in the valuable work they do in the area of dementia research and support but it also brought to residents day changing technology, and gave our staff a better understanding of dementia.
Lifeview’s philosophy is for residents to be able to live their lives to the fullest with the least dependency on psychotropic medications – The Virtual Forest has shown this is possible.
In addition to working with Dementia Australia on The Virtual Forest Lifeview’s staff have undergone specialist dementia training to support residents further.
The Virtual Forest is available in all Lifeview homes.
A Better Visit - A Better Visit is a free app that enables families and loved ones to better connect and communicate when visiting a family member living with dementia. The app, which features a range of two player games, is designed to facilitate positive social interactions between people with dementia and their visitors.
Lifeview funded the development of A Better Visit and the residents of Lifeview trialled and consulted on the what did and didn't work for them.
The app was launched after the publication of an Inclusion and Isolation report by Dementia Australia that found 60 per cent of surveyed people said they did not know what to say to someone with dementia while many others reported feeling uncomfortable when visitingas they didn’t know what to do.
A Better Visit for iPad and Android tablets is now free to download and use through the app stores.
Victorian Pride Centre
Lifeview is a Foundation Partnerof the Victorian Pride Centre.
The three-year partnership will see Lifeview contribute funds in addition to essential resources for older LGBTIQ people. Lifeview will provide educational resources related to aged care, run open days and bi-monthly events on ageing.
Lifeview and the Pride Centre will collaborate with existing LGBTIQ groups to establish a specialist Dementia Café (support program) for those living with dementia and their chosen family at the Pride Centre.
We eagerly await the completion of this unique initiative that celebrates, bolsters and protects equality, diversity and inclusion.
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