Aged care innovation projects finalists on world stage

Aged care innovation projects finalists on world stage

Bolton Clarke has received further recognition for aged care innovation supporting better outcomes for older people, earning a finalist berth in three categories at Ageing Asia’s 7th APAC Eldercare Innovation Awards.

The awards honour organisations across the Asia Pacific using innovation to support health and wellbeing and shape the future of ageing across the region.

Finalists were revealed in Sydney this week and winners in each of the 20 categories will be announced in Singapore in May.

Bolton Clarke has been named a finalist in the Innovation of the Year – Dementia Solution, innovation of the Year – Product and Innovation of the Year – Social Engagement Program categories.

Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters is a finalist in the dementia solution category for its recently opened Melaleuca Wing, incorporating Stirling University international best practice dementia design principles including a state-of-the-art interactive digital wallpaper which is a world first in dementia care.

The Wing also supports interaction and positive experiences with an outdoor living area with swings, a men’s shed and a retro caravan and a dynamic indoor environment including an open kitchen where residents can cook under supervision and enjoy social interactions.

The CaTPin, a wearable device targeting loneliness developed by Bolton Clarke in partnership with RMIT researchers, is a finalist in the Innovation of the Year – Product category.

Winner of the Telstra Designing for Ageing Well Challenge, the technology works by monitoring baseline conversations and word count throughout the day and then prompting social contact when levels drop too low.

One Good Street, which is a finalist in the Innovation of the Year – Social Engagement Program category, is an online social networking initiative that improves the lives of older people by strengthening their inclusion, partnering with care organisations to extend their reach within communities and creating connections with carers in the same neighbourhood through peer to peer support.

From starting an air conditioning club that helps older residents during extreme heat to creating casserole clubs that support nutrition and connection, One Good Street inspires and empowers neighbours to make a real difference in the lives of older people.

The emphasis is on an ecology of practical activities, which is unique when compared with many single initiatives working in isolation.

One aspect of One Good Street is The Library of Aged Care Things, an online platform that shares cleaned and safety checked aged care equipment such as walking frames, bed rails and occupational therapy equipment free of charge.

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