IRT’s Journey of Care is a model of care that personalises the care experience for every resident. We recognise that every care journey is unique and honour the individual diversity of each resident.
Currently available at selected IRT aged care centres, the IRT Journey of Care incorporates two key elements:
Neighbourhoods cater for residents with similar care needs, allowing for staff specialisation, and tailored design of the physical environment and equipment that’s underpinned by research. IRT’s aged care centre neighbourhoods allow families to see their loved one ageing in the right place with the right care needs.
There are three IRT aged care centre neighbourhoods:
This neighbourhood focuses on resident vitality and creating an environment where people come to live, not just receive care. Personalised care plans are developed in partnership with each resident, ensuring our ability to meet needs, wishes and requirements. Our holistic approach ensures that medical, physiological, emotional, social and relationship needs are catered for. This neighbourhood suits residents who are mentally and physically active or require minimal assistance to move around their environment or prompting to aid cognition.
This neighbourhood focuses on discovering resident abilities, enabling them to live with dementia with independence, individuality and dignity. Residents’ lives are enhanced through best practice design of the built environment, underpinned by Dementia Training Australia’s dementia design principles. These principles help minimise confusion and uncertainty, which reduces agitation and exit seeking while increasing independence and engagement with the community.
In this neighbourhood you might see dementia design principles being used to:
This neighbourhood suits residents living with dementia who are mobile and active or require minimal assistance to move around their environment.
This neighbourhood focuses on compassionate care for residents’ physical needs, while also nurturing their spirit. Residents are treated with dignity and respect as they approach end of life.
Our palliative care experience promotes comfort, care and a holistic understanding of wellbeing. We support our residents and their families through this time, and offer a range of signature recognition programs where residents are honoured in life, and in passing. Options include:
The serenity neighbourhood suits residents with limited to no mobility and a life limiting illness or advancing dementia.
Our specialist programs support resident wellbeing in each neighbourhood, and at each stage of the care journey. By working in partnership with leading Australian researchers and health experts, we enrich residents’ quality of life, when they need it most. The IRT aged care centre specialist programs are:
Our Montessori approach to people living with dementia provides an environment that supports residents to achieve greater independence, higher self-esteem and a sense of wellbeing. Montessori principles support people living with dementia to continue to make valuable contributions
to their community and engage in meaningful activities. Montessori also encourages family members and friends to participate in the activities so they can feel a sense of connection to their loved one living with dementia.
With a primary focus on engagement, trained employees use the 12 Principles of Montessori to work with residents and their families to tailor Montessori activities and resident roles based on sensory, motor, social and cognitive skills.
Namaste, a Hindu term for honouring the spirit within, incorporates sensory-based care with meaningful activities to achieve comfort and quality of life. IRT has adopted its Namaste program as a core pillar in supporting residents who can no longer participate in traditional activities or are facing end-stage dementia.
Trained staff integrate sensory stimulation into care delivery using therapeutic touch, aromatherapy, music and sensory experiences. Activities are tailored for each resident and generally include special momentos from their life. Family and friends are encouraged to participate, as Namaste often enables a sense of connection at a time when communication with loved ones is limited.
Founded on the power of loving touch, some of the benefits of our Namaste program include; a relaxed and fulfilling environment, reduced need for medication, decreased pain, fewer incidents of aggression, increased social interaction, a holistic approach that includes physical and emotional health and a positive impact on quality of life. Core services include:
IRT’s Journey of Care supports residents to nurture their spirit and wellbeing at each stage of their care journey. Residents feel valued and understood. They live with residents with similar care needs in a purpose-designed environment, receive compassionate care from trained staff, and experience specialised programs grounded in the latest research. With the IRT Journey of Care, residents are respected and honoured, in life and in death.
Families have peace of mind and confidence in the quality of care and safety of their loved ones as they journey through our aged care centres. They’re enabled and empowered to participate in the care of their loved one. Through the IRT Journey of Care, families know their loved one will age in the right place with the right care. They’ll experience specialist programs, the right equipment and a built environment that supports their unique needs.
The Journey of Care model is a unique approach to delivering residential aged care. In most cases it won’t affect the cost of a resident’s accommodation and care.
IRT is working to enable all residents to experience the benefits of our Journey of Care. The model is currently available at selected IRT aged care centres. Talk to your Care Manager to find out what is available to you.
The move will be coordinated with the family with assistance provided by staff/removalists where necessary.
No. Residents do not have to move if they are unwilling or if their family does not want to undertake the move. Moving to a Journey of Care neighbourhood is voluntary for existing residents.
A member of staff that you are familiar with will contact you and discuss the needs of your loved one and the possible transition to an alternate Journey of Care neighbourhood and what this may mean.
No. If the resident needs to move to a Journey of Care neighbourhood then the existing pricing paid on admission stays in place and there are no moving costs.
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