Family has always been central to the delivery of care at North Eastern Community Aged Care Home (NECACH). Not only is family incredibly important to everyone, connection to family is also one of the most effective ways to prevent feelings of social isolation.
Never before has family been as important to aged care residents as in the past 12 months. It’s for this reason that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NECACH has found ways to safely remain open for family visitation by implementing and regularly updating COVID-19 safety protocols.
The pandemic has, nonetheless, been challenging for all residents and their families. That’s why we have also implemented a renewed push to increase the involvement of families in the prevision of care, and to reunite more families within the aged care home by making special provision for admissions when vacancies become available.
As a result, over the past 12 months the number of married couples residing together at NECACH has increased from two to six!
NECACH Director Roger Levi said the hardest part of moving into an aged care home is often the feeling of leaving family.
“It’s because of our commitment to family that we have maintained a number of shared rooms to accommodate couples who may enter together or be reunited in the home,” Mr Levi said.
“The connection with family has never been as important as it has in the past 12 months.
“COVID has caused many barriers to socialisation and the wellbeing of individuals, which is why we have kept our doors open throughout the period and have been actively promoting family admissions where possible.”