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Cabrini and VMCH roll into town

Date: 03/05/2017

On Wednesday 3 May, Cabrini and Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) mark the launch of three new programs designed to improve health and aged care in the Hume region, with an announcement by the Hon Damian Drum MP, Member for Murray, in Shepparton.

The first of these programs is six short-term restorative care places. Together, VCMH and Cabrini secured six of the 100 available places in the Commonwealth Government Tender in the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round. More places are expected to be made available next year.

Restorative approaches are a powerful way of helping older people improve their function, independence and quality of life – especially if they have suffered a fall, experienced physical deconditioning following a recent illness illness or have exacerbated symptoms from a health episode such as a stroke.

“These days, older people want and need flexible services that will provide help when they need it and support their continued independence for as long as possible,” says Natalie Sullivan, Cabrini’s Executive Director of Brighton and Continuing Care. “Short-term restorative care is an early intervention program designed to reverse or slow down functional decline in older people and improve their wellbeing.” 

Functional decline is defined as decreased ability to perform tasks of everyday living due to a decrease in physical and/or cognitive functioning.

“Through this eight-week, multidisciplinary program, we are able support older people in continuing to live independently in their homes, help them to avoid entering into residential aged-care prematurely, prevent unnecessary hospitalisations, and ultimately improve their quality of life through helping them to manage new or changing health conditions,” says Ms Sullivan. “Importantly, these services are provided in a coordinated way in consultation with the person receiving them and delivered in their home or place of residence such as residential aged-care.”

Through their partnership, VMCH and Cabrini Health are launching a dementia consultancy and management service for the Hume region. This service will extend the program provided by VMCH, ensuring people in the region have access to specialist medical consultations and dementia specialist allied health services.

“Cabrini’s involvement adds a further dimension to services for people in the Hume region, in that they will now have access to specialist medical consultations and dementia-specific allied health services including dietetics and speech therapy,” says Ms Sullivan. “Onsite appointments in Shepparton and online consultations via videolink will enable people who have dementia and their loves ones access to services that will improve their quality of life.”

Cutting the ribbon and officially launching the VMCH mobile allied health service bus, Mr Drum says is proud to launch the new service believed to be the first of its kind in regional Victoria. “The bus has been fitted out and fully equipped to provide a range of allied health services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and massage,” he said. “To have a mobile unit that provides a range of health services to people throughout the Hume region who have difficulty accessing services is a brilliant initiative.”

For information about the short-term restorative care call VMCH on ph 1300 919 850.

Media information: contact Christine Elmer ph (03) 9508 3551 or 0459 811 693, Cabrini marketing and community relations department.