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Our Approach

At St Vincent's Care Services, we recognise that growing older and ageing looks different for everyone, and that care and support doesn't just mean managing physical or medical needs.  

Our unique Lifestyle and Wellbeing Model is a holistic response to the shift in seniors’ expectations to aged care services and aligns with our desire to deliver the highest standard of services across community living, independent living and residential living.

In line with our approach to person-centred care, the Lifestyle and Wellbeing Model encompasses expert clinical care, as well as leisure and lifestyle or social activities, welcoming and comfortable residential environments, pastoral and spiritual care, hospitality services and connection with others.

The St Vincent's Care Services Lifestyle and Wellbeing model is the framework that guides everything we do. It’s the lens through which we think, work and communicate — regardless of the task at hand.

Commitment to Care

Our residential aged care facilities are more than just a home for our residents, they are high quality havens of care. As part of one of Australia's leading Catholic health and aged care providers, St Vincent's Care Services is committed to continuing a legacy of compassionate care and support that spans more than 175 years.

On admission, each resident is provided with a comprehensive and holistic care and support plan, that reflects each resident's needs and preferences - from clinical care requirements to your likes and dislikes when it comes to food, leisure and lifestyle.  Your care and support plan is regularly reviewed and adjusted through assessments and ongoing consultations with you and your family/representatives, to keep your care and support relevant and up to date.

Our expert staff include Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, supported by care staff who deliver expert clinical care for a range of needs and conditions. Our nursing care team works with you and your medical practitioners to ensure your care in your new home is appropriate for your needs. Our electronic medical record system, called Autumncare, offers the highest level of information transparency and information security for residents care plans and requirements, and allows staff to adapt care delivery as necessary and appropriate for changing needs. Clinical staff work with leisure and lifestyle staff, pastoral care staff, catering staff, and allied health professionals to ensure all needs of each resident are met, for positive wellbeing and quality of life.

In addition to onsite care and support, as part of St Vincent’s Health Australia, our residents and clients have access to an extensive, world-class health network, including affiliated hospitals in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Toowoomba. 

Commitment to Quality

St Vincent’s Care Services participates in an internationally recognised evaluation process to assess the quality of care and services provided against the aged care accreditation standards endorsed by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA). Each of our facilities has successfully undergone the accreditation process, with their accreditation status displayed in the main foyer of each facility, and are subject to unannounced audits by AACQA to ensure quality standards are upheld. St Vincent's Care Services is committed to the provision of quality care and services in an effective, professional manner to all residents, relatives and staff, and has a comprehensive internal quality and clinical governance structure which focusses on assessment and continuous improvement across all our facilities and systems.

St Vincent's Care Services quality objectives: 

  • We are committed to the provision of a quality system which will satisfy the requirements of the Australian Aged Care Standards Agency
  • We provide professional, quality care to all our residents which is individualised to assist residents to maintain their independence for as long as possible
  • We ensure a secure and safe environment to all residents, relatives and staff
  • We provide ongoing education and learning opportunities for staff to enable continuous professional development.

How to provide feedback 

St Vincent's Care Services actively encourages and welcomes feedback from residents, families and staff to support a culture of continuous improvement and excellence.

Generally, feedback is invited through regular surveys, meetings and informal discussions, and feedback forms are provided at each facility's reception or administration office. All feedback about a facility or service is reviewed by the relevant Facility Manager or Care Co-ordinator, who will work with you to resolve any issues raised. Where relevant and appropriate, feedback may be escalated to the relevant state General Manager in order to facilitate an appropriate and satisfactory resolution. Should further action be required, St Vincent's Care Services may work with relevant government departments and external services to ensure a satisfactory resolution.

The Australian Government’s Aged Care Complaints Commissioner provides a free service for anyone wishing to raise their concerns about the quality of care or services being delivered to people receiving aged care services at a government-funded facility.

Leisure and Lifestyle

At St Vincent’s Care Services, our leisure and lifestyle program is a key part of our holistic approach to ensuring a high quality of life for all our residents and clients, whether they are in our residential aged care facilities, independent living villages, or receive community living support in their own home. Our goal is to provide activities and programs that aim to ensure residents and clients feel connected, happy, content and fulfilled in their everyday lives, with activities that are interactive, individualised and stimulating.

Our ACTION program is a key component of our Wellbeing and Lifestyle model, targeting seven priority areas: Stewardship, Physical, Environmental, Intellectual, Social and Cultural, Emotional, and Spiritual.

Activity

The activities in the ACTION program are extensive and diverse, and include:

Art therapy - art and painting classes  BBQ and resident/family dinners  |  Beauty therapy | Birthday celebrations
Book clubs | Bus trips  |  Church services Concerts and entertainment Cooking Craft, knitting and sewing groups
Exercise programs - tai chi, chair yoga, walking groups, bowls Games - bingo, board games, quizzes Happy hour drinks Memory books and reminiscing Men’s Groups |  Multicultural days | Music - choirs, instrument classes, 'Golden Oldies' radio
Pet therapy | School visits  Seasonal celebrations | Shopping trips  |  Sporting events - Melbourne Cup, football finals

Connection 

Our leisure and lifestyle program provides our residents with a sense of belonging and inclusion, while fostering positive interactions with other residents and staff.

Team 

Our leisure and lifestyle team is skilled and committed to ensuring our residents’ interests are a priority. A tailored leisure and lifestyle program is developed to ensure the residents’ preferences are known to the team and in turn develop activities that enhance control and self-esteem. 

Involvement

The program is designed to be interactive, in order to encourage fun, laughter, stimulation and enrichment for the residents. However, we recognise not everyone always wants to participate in group activities, so we also have a range of activities which a resident could complete on their own.

Opportunity

The activities program creates opportunities for interactions, resulting in feelings of optimism and enjoyment by the residents.

Network

The leisure and lifestyle program works towards providing residents with opportunities to develop new skills, while interacting with their fellow residents, family members, staff and volunteers.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is an important part of our holistic approach to care and support, with our pastoral care team providing spiritual and emotional support, and a sensitive, caring presence for all.

While it is our Catholic heritage that drives this commitment, we respect and support all beliefs, religious traditions and cultures.

At St Vincent’s Care Services, we believe our dedication to holistic, inclusive pastoral care sets us apart from other aged care providers. Our program encompasses spiritual and emotional support services and is available to all residents, regardless of religious, cultural or ethnic background, philosophy of life, or faith tradition.

Pastoral care is a ministry of presence. It does not seek to preach or convert; it is here to support you and your family on the journey ahead. We understand the decision to move into residential aged care can be a difficult one, for all involved, so we take the time to get to know you, and work with you to provide support services in keeping with your needs and beliefs.

The activities and programs we provide through pastoral care help our residents continue to live meaningful lives, and feel respected within the community. Our residents believe having access to pastoral care is a major contributor to feeling happy, content and fulfilled.

Our team

Our qualified pastoral care team do more than provide religious and spiritual guidance and support. They form an integral part of our delivery of care, by encouraging participation in activities and social events, providing companionship and being a constant and friendly face.

Our team is here for your support, to talk to you about your life concerns and spiritual journey, and to share in your celebrations. They provide a friendly and non-judgemental listening ear for frank, open and confidential discussions, and are a support in times of anxiety, stress and concern.

Our unique CARE program

Pastoral care at St Vincent’s Care Services can take many forms and is delivered through numerous structured and informal ways. Our unique CARE program outlines the four key areas addressed when delivering pastoral care to our residents.

Connection
We encourage residents to connect with our team for comfort and solace, particularly during times of change or uncertainty.
Spiritual programs  |  Carers programs  |  Regular visitations  |  Family support  |  Spiritual awakening

Action
We provide residents with a program of activities to encourage participation and foster a sense of purpose.
Sensory awareness  |  Welcoming ceremonies  |  Meditation and relaxation  |  Music appreciation and therapy  |  Memorial services and bereavement support  |  Psychology programs and counselling  |  Special occasion celebrations  |  Leisure and lifestyle programs  |  Health and wellness programs

Religious services
We provide opportunities for religious support across numerous denominations and faiths.
Mass, Rosary, Communion and Anointing  |  Ecumenical services  |  Chaplaincy visits  |  Church services  |  Bible reading and study  |  Prayer circles  |  Guided private prayer

Engagement
We encourage engagement with other residents and families.
Informal, friendly companionship  |  Storytelling and reminiscing  |  Recording resident life stories  |  Social and hobby groups  |  Reflection  |  Building friendships, establishing confidentiality and trust

Our pastoral care team regularly reach out to residents and are a visible presence at our facilities. We also encourage families to connect with us for support.
If at any time you wish to see a member of the pastoral care team or a Minister of your preferred faith, please ask one of our friendly staff members.