Caring For Our Loved Ones

 

Our passion at Fronditha Care is for our staff to be caring and professional. They perform their roles and build strong bonds with those persons they serve and care for.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

Fronditha Care has Ageing in Place facilities (residential care) which provide care to residents with increased dependency.  This ensures continuity of care in a familiar environment. Staff at all of Fronditha Care facilities are trained in the development of care plans to ensure that needs are identified and goals are met. Residents and their families are encouraged to be involved in the caring process. All facilities have registered nurses and personal carers on duty 24 hours per day. Additional support services are provided by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists and palliative care workers.

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Meals are prepared by cooks in on-site kitchens, and cleaning, laundry, hairdressing and other health services are also provided. The mobility of residents is encouraged through daily activities, and residents are assisted to enjoy the social atmosphere of their home.

 

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Low Care

Low care caters for residents needing a certain level of assistance yet who are capable to participate independently in facility activities and benefit from the social connections provided within the home. Low care services provide accommodation and support with personal care and daily tasks. Low care facilities are located at Clayton, Lower Templestowe, Thornbury, St Albans and Newcastle.

 

High Care

High care caters for those residents greatly dependent on others for daily tasks in a safe environment with registered nurses and personal care workers providing 24 hours per day care. High care facilities are located in all regions of Melbourne and in Newcastle. Each facility provides high care accommodation, a higher level of support including nursing care, and other necessary clinical care and allied health services.

 

Memory Support Units

Memory support units provide person-centered care to the elderly with dementia in a secure and structured environment. Dementia is a progressive condition with many causes and the disease can manifest itself in a variety of ways. No two people display exactly the same symptoms. The rate of the disease is increasing and there is no cure currently. Fronditha staff undergo continuous training ensuring they are equipped with appropriate resources and strategies of care.

 

Independent Living Units

Independent Living Units are an affordable alternative to public housing. The program offers individual accommodation to Australian citizens over 58 years of age residing in Victoria that are financially or socially disadvantaged as assessed by the Office of Housing. The units allow residents the freedom to manage their own daily lifestyles in peaceful and safe surroundings. These are located at St Albans.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Fronditha Care Community Services programs aim to maintain the independence of elders to remain in their homes.  Community Aged Care Packages (CACP) are funded by the Australian government and assist care recipients to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible.

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The services provided are through aged care packages, host home programs, planned activity groups and education seminars on health and ageing which keeps elders informed, independent and connected.

 

Community Care Aged Packages (CACP)

A valuable component of the CACP is that of case management which means that there will be one person who will act as a single point of contact, assist to navigate the service system and oversee all services accessed by the care recipient. An agreed package of services will be individually tailored to respond to the care recipient’s needs. Examples of the assistance that may be provided include:

  • Case management and service coordination
  • Personal care such as bathing and dressing
  • Light home care duties such as vacuuming, laundry
  • Shopping in the local area
  • Meal preparation
  • Transportation in the local area
  • Companionship
  • Outing
  • In-home respite
  • Assistance to participate in activities of interest

Fronditha Care currently manages 125 CACPs in Victoria and will be seeking to expand this type of care in the future.

 

Host Home Program

The host home program is a weekly respite service for carers providing a day of leisure and social activities for a small group of Greek speaking elderly experiencing early stages of dementia. The program takes place in the home of a Greek speaking personal care worker assisted by a support worker. This respite option enables carers to have a regular, planned break and opportunities to attend to other priorities including their own interests and wellbeing.

Individuals with dementia may experience an overwhelming sense of confusion and ‘feel lost’ in a bigger activity group setting, particularly where other participants may not share their language. In contrast, the host home is in a familiar environment with known sights and sounds, offering a smaller group setting where staff are able to provide a person-centered approach. This results in feelings of security, comfort and belonging with staff sharing the participant’s language and culture.

 

Home Care Program

Fronditha Care’s home care program offers bi-lingual and bi-cultural staff to assist agencies to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care to Greek speaking elderly.

This program is effective because it provides support for elderly with activities for daily living.  By working together with various agencies it allows home care services to be coordinated and individually tailored for clients.

 

Volunteer Visitation Program

Fronditha Care’s volunteer visitation program offers companionship and comfort to those most isolated in the community.

Volunteers visit and provide support to clients by sharing interests, conversation and a cup of coffee. Volunteers also give their time and through giving back to the community, provide them with immense personal satisfaction.

Maintaining connection to our community is paramount at each stage of life. Fronditha continues to cultivate the socialisation of the elderly living at home through PAG. The program is funded by Home and Community Care services, a joint State and Commonwealth Government initiative.

Activities include gentle exercise, discussion groups, games, musical programs and day trips. All these activities are consistent with the Active Service Model.

The underlying principle of the Active Service Model is ‘working with’ the client rather than ‘working for’. Staff act as facilitators rather than helpers and in practical terms, this allows and provides opportunities for the client to do what they can independently. By doing this, it is expected that the individual will maintain and even improve their level of functioning. Culturally this may initially seem to be unusual because of the traditional expectations to look after the elderly. However, in time and with small changes, participants are reaping the health and physical benefits of this approach to care.

 

Community Partners Program

Fronditha Care’s community partners program enhances the cultural awareness of service providers. Through partnerships, access to services is facilitated. This in turn, improves choice and builds capacity for clients to make informed decisions about aged care services.

 

Supported Access Pilot Project

Fronditha Care’s supported access pilot project aims to work with the community to negotiate and increase access to services for clients in the community. It provides support to generic agencies enabling them to provide culturally appropriate service responses which is a major factor of service provision to elderly of CALD backgrounds.