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Uniting recognised with prestigious aged care awards

Uniting has received four awards from the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.  

For the third year running, Uniting has excelled in the prestigious Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) Better Practice Awards. Uniting today received four of the 12 awards granted in NSW this year.

This result reflects the standing of Uniting as one of the country’s leading not-for-profit aged care providers, and shows the organisation’s dedication to the people it serves.

The four awards are:
Our Choice (Uniting Caroona Jarman, Goonellabah) – the staff recruitment process was revamped to find staff with potential to truly enhance the lives of the people who live there. Crucially, residents were invited to actively participate as panel members in interviews, and personality is now emphasised in the interview questions.

Community Outreach in Public Housing (Uniting Home and Community Care) – this promotes social participation and connection through group activities for the 360 tenants of Greenway Estate, a Department of Housing Estate in Sydney. Some 75 per cent of tenants are over the age of 65, and all are financially and socially disadvantaged.

Strong, Steady, Safe (Uniting Home and Community Care) – building on the success of Uniting Seniors Gyms, a strength training program was implemented at two residential aged care facilities. The focus of the training program is on strength, power and balance, as these areas can help reduce falls, which become more frequent and more dangerous as people age.

Putting out the Welcome Mat (Uniting) – a comprehensive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) inclusion strategy was developed and implemented to ensure everyone, regardless of lifestyle choices, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity, feels welcome and safe at Uniting.

The Better Practice Awards are highly regarded in the aged care sector. They promote and acknowledge outstanding aged care practices and showcase programs and initiatives that all providers can use as examples to help improve their service delivery.