Caring for Families Program assisting Residents and Families by providing support during the settling in period at IRT Kangara Waters

The program Caring for Families was designed in partnership between IRT and the Faculty of Health (Counselling) of the University of Canberra. The aim of the program is to provide education and information about key concerns; foster a shared understanding of concerns; build individual and community capacity to address these concerns, to foster social connectedness. The program commenced in August 2017 and currently operates in a fortnightly basis during a 10-week period for four cycles a year. The program is open to all families and carers of residents, although an emphasis is placed on new families. The structure is in such a way that the sessions are altered between education and information, and counselling support. Once a month, a specialised practitioner from a Community Service Organisation is invited to provide education and information about a specific topic, such as dementia, palliative care, death and dying, grief and loss ,partner organisations within Canberra are accessed for this service The alternate session provides supportive counselling and aims to assist families in coping with the caring role and the associated emotions including grief, loss and stress. The counselling support is provided by post-graduated counselling students as part of their placement requirements. Adapted from Nasrollahzadeh (2013) these sessions are structured to loosely focus on three main elements: on the carer’s self-care (i.e. teaching useful relaxation techniques); ... Read More



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Hilde de Raadt, Social Welfare Officer, IRT Group , Margaret Thornton, Business Manager Eurobodalla & ACT, IRT Group

IRT Kangara Waters

Hilde de Raadt-Abma BA (Hons) has worked in the Aged Care sector since coming from the ... Read More