St Louis Aged Care selected as a Finalist in the LASA Organisation Category

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) announced the winners for its Excellence in Age Services Awards to coincide with Aged Care Employee Day on 7 August, 2020. The awards recognise aged service providers who have made outstanding contributions to care and service development. Achievements are awarded in five categories – Organisation, Team, Individual, Next Gen Young Leader and Rising Star.

We were thrilled to learn we had been selected as a finalist in the Organisation category.

Dani McKenna who is a Registered Nurse and Business Development Manager at St Louis Aged Care, spoke with LASA about what this award means to us.

What initiatives at St Louis prompted you to submit the application for the Organisation category?

“It was St Louis on Sea, which is a first for South Australia. St Louis on Sea is a shared home, an alternative way of living a full life for any person who needs 24x7 care but doesn’t want to go into a traditional living environment.

Our owners bravely took the step to invest in land on the Esplanade in Victor Harbor and have repurposed and remodelled this wonderful home. We have eight beautifully appointed bedrooms. The heart of the home is all about the residents, whether it’s for long or short term respite care.

Most of our clients have a cognitive or physical impairment which prevents them from living at home. Regardless of their age or ability, residents are encouraged to participate in everything that goes on in the home. Whether it be making a cake to enjoy with afternoon tea, hanging out the washing or pottering in the garden. They set the tone on how they want to live their life. For example, we don’t wake them up for breakfast at a certain time, instead they tell us when they want to get up. You can do that in a small environment. When you’re living in and sharing a home with people that support you and your needs, then you can live a good life.”

How Roger was able to return home

“Early on, Roger who has dementia came to see us. He’d been living in a traditional aged care home and his health was declining. He came to have a look at St Louis on Sea. It suited him and his wife who needed help at home to care for her husband.

Three months after being at St Louis on Sea, Roger was able to return home. His ability to participate in daily living activities increased and his wife felt ready to have him back home again. Now he lives at home but he still attends our daily respite programs, so he maintains the ongoing interaction with our care staff and his wife also gets a break.”

You can read the full story about Roger here

Active Living Story: Roger lives with dementia and still enjoys a life with meaning and purpose

We embrace technology and were the first to use CareApp

“One of the things I like about St Louis is that we embrace new technology and we’re not frightened to give things a try. CareApp is an Adelaide initiative. The founder, Allison Nikula, came up with the idea to connect families and residents or home care clients to each other. They share information about their health and wellbeing, activities and photos. CareApp is a private social networking App aimed at the needs of aged care.”

What’s next for St Louis?

“St Louis on Sea is an important project. We continue to improve the day respite programs and ensuring our residents are settled in well.

Our nursing home in Parkside has just built four more beautiful and well-equipped bedrooms. This nursing home also offers respite day care.

We continue to develop programs for our home care clients. We are working on a Walk n Talk program to enjoy the many health benefits of a good walk and a chat. We’ll provide a walker or a scooter, whatever is needed for people to participate.

We never stop looking for meaningful ways to provide extra services for our clients.”

What does working in aged care mean for you?

“St Louis is a family-centred aged care organisation, with a culture based on dignity, respect, fairness and choice.

Our commitment and philosophy is about treating every person as an individual because every person has a story, and that story is important and has shaped who they are.

This means we work in partnership with families and loved ones. We look to them to guide us in how we can support them to have a good life.”

As a finalist in the LASA organisation category?

“Its lovely to see a medium and family based organisation such as St Louis which has been going since 1946, being selected as a finalist.

We really believe that a small to medium organisation can be seen as a leader in our field. We’re committed to continually improving how we support older people and their families with dignity and respect, while offering choices in how they want to live their life.”

Contact St Louis about respite care and home care services

Call St Louis home care on 08 8332 0950 for a confidential and no obligation chat about your aged care options. We have respite care and home care in both Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills and Victor Harbor. If you’re in Victor Harbor, you can drop into the office for a chat with the home care team. They’re located at 31 Victoria Street, Victor Harbor.

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