Belair Memory Support
The Memory Support Unit at Belair is a specialist area supporting 20 residents with living moderate to severe dementia. Staff have training and skills in dementia care and management of special needs in response to changed behaviours.
There is a strong emphasis on a partnership approach with family members and friends who are always welcome to provide much-needed context and contact for residents living with different forms of dementia.
Our personalised care approach provides individualised care for the resident to ensure their physical, social, cultural and mental wellbeing.
We aim to “do with, not for”, encouraging residents to exercise their choice, autonomy and remain as independent as possible. This means staff and volunteers focus on what each resident CAN do, taking time to nurture their interests and strengths rather than taking away precious abilities such as making a cup of tea or putting a coat on before going outside at a time when dementia is already challenging their confidence.
Weekly bus trips also provide wonderful connections to the local community and the opportunity to enjoy new experiences or familiar activities in a safe and reassuring environment guided by the Wellbeing team.
Woodcroft Memory Support
Woodcroft’s Memory Support Unit is spread across two wings catering for 27 people with varying degrees of cognitive and physical abilities within the larger purpose-built aged care home.
The first aspect you notice is the absence of name plates on the Resident’s doors. Instead, each room has an inset memory box filled with special mementos relevant to each person which acts as a visual cue and is readily identified by those living with dementia.
The relaxed homely feel is immediate from the huge picture frame windows and gas log fire to the sprawling gardens which residents can enter from their individual rooms and communal areas.
Residents can choose to enjoy their meals in the small, quiet dining room which is less overwhelming and there is always room at the tables for families to share meals. Many participate in daily activities and tasks as they would at home from setting the tables to baking treats for afternoon tea.
The lifestyle schedule is less structured with a greater emphasis on tailoring activities to cater for changing moods and engagement levels.
McLaren Vale Memory Support
Kalyra McLaren Vale is a bespoke residential aged care home supporting older South Australians living with dementia in an open, safe environment with a true country town feel.
Staff are trained in best practice dementia care with a focus on promoting individual abilities and interests to maintain independence and confidence.
Lifestyle activities are carefully planned to enhance memory skills at different levels with a busy social calendar aimed at retaining close connections with the local community in and around McLaren Vale.
Regular bus trips are scheduled to a variety of locations in addition to the local shops including lunch at a pub, afternoon teas, whale watching at Port Eliot and other Kalyra sites for special events such as bowling competitions.
Based in the heart of a thriving cultural community, residents living with memory loss are encouraged to participate in the art exhibitions and other creative pursuits.
Community-based Memory Support: Help at Home
The Kalyra Communities Help at Home team supports hundreds of older South Australians living with dementia continue to live independently in their own homes.
Our staff know how important maintaining routines in a familiar environment can be to someone living with memory loss and so adapt their visits and services to meet specific needs and expectations.
We carefully match our staff with each client, taking the time to understand the different elements that can influence successful service delivery and uptake including cultural, gender, age and special interests. It really matters that the person with memory loss feels comfortable and safe with the carer which helps to reduce any challenging behaviours by recognising triggers before a situation escalates.
In line with Kalyra’s model of care, the emphasis is on promoting independence and assisting the client to feel confident and empowered to make choices about the support they need and the way in which it is managed.
Thinking outside the square…
One of our clients living with dementia on the Fleurieu Peninsula, who was initially very resistant to the idea of Kalyra’s Help at Home support, is now enjoying spending time with his Home Support Worker and connecting over a shared interest in meditation.
The weekly sessions have not only helped to foster a calm and positive environment but also provided much needed respite for his partner who can leave the family home for a few hours knowing her husband is safe and happily engaged in an activity that brings him great happiness and meaning.
Sometimes you just have to think outside the square.