Lorne Community Hospital’s Janet Smartt will be special guest at the official Celebrating Aged Care Week event at the MCG on August 17.

Janet, who is the Support Services Manager, won last year’s Celebrating Aged Care Leadership Award for her excellent contribution in the nursing home.

Among many other responsibilities, Janet, who has been with Lorne hospital for 33 years, plays the role as the “resident’s voice” – always asking their opinion to ensure the nursing home caters for their needs.

She tries to re-create things residents used to like about from their own homes to make their lives as comfortable and purposeful as possible. One of her initiatives was to introduce a café bar, so patients can make their own hot drink when they feel like it, rather than wait to be served.

“They love it. We have one lady makes herself about 20 cups of tea a day!

“It’s about giving them options, like allowing them to choose when they go to sleep and when they wake up,” Janet, who lives in Deans Marsh, said.

This year’s Celebrating Aged Care award winners will be announced at the Active for Life event, organised by the Public Sector Residential Aged Care committee and the Victorian healthcare Association.

Celebrating Aged Care Week, Week 14–18 August, is designed to show aged care staff how much their work contributes to supporting the high quality of care provided to residents and how much they are appreciated.

Well-known broadcaster and entertainer Denis Walter and famed foodie Maggie Beer have been named ambassadors for 2017 Celebrating Aged Care Week.

More than 150 Victorian public residential aged care facilities will host events to celebrate the contribution made by aged care workers and volunteers.

Events include morning/afternoon teas, public open days, fun activities planned with residents such as a social dance, BBQs and certificate presentations to staff.

The Celebrating Aged Care Week campaign has been running since 2012 and is an initiative of the PSRAC committee; a network of public sector aged care directors of nursing committed to the improvement of the public residential aged care sector.

(Article sourced from PSRAC)