Doing Dementia Differently
Unique Professional Services
Integrated Equipment Into Home Design
An Alternative to Traditional Aged Care
Group Homes Australia recognises that today’s generation of Australians want something more than traditional aged care homes. They, and their families, want options that provide high levels of respect and personal care combined within a warm, friendly environment, that is local and enjoyable to visit.
At GHA, we specialise in in-home care, respite, dementia care, high care, palliative care.
Group Homes Australia provides dementia care services that are very different to your standard dementia unit or nursing home. Our international model has been successful in many countries around the world and involves small groups of residents (6-10 max) in each home, with a high carer-to-resident ratio (averaging 1:3). While being under-pinned by best practice clinical care, our specialised approach focuses on getting residents involved in day-to-day life activities that bring them purpose and meaning, including:
- Cooking and baking
- Exercise and yoga
- Helping to hang the laundry
- Gardening activities
- Shopping outings if desired
- Walks around the neighbourhood
- Public outings to cafes, art galleries, visit other houses
Our homes feature soft, period-sensitive décor and our floorplans are designed for convenient living, socialising, but importantly, to reduce trip hazards and other safety design features. Our homes also have ample garden spaces for gardening or simply enjoying the benefits of the outdoors. Residents can also enjoy smart, wireless technology and modern medical equipment, ensuring that they receive the very best care available.
The lifestyle offered to residents enjoying living in a group home is unique and married with outstanding clinical care. You can be assured your loved one will be safe, happy and secure in an environment that becomes their new ‘home’.
Our clinical care ethos is to ensure individualised personal care focuses on the whole person and that includes their happiness. That is why we deliberately limit resident to 6-10 people per home and have an average staff-to-resident ratio of 1:3 ensuring that international best practices clinical care standards are achieved.
Alzheimer’s Australia (Now Dementia Australia) benchmarked Group Homes Australia against over 80 competitors in the traditional aged care sector and revealed that it outperformed on every measure in relation to transition into care.
Each home has a dedicated ‘Homemaker’ who has undergone an intensive training program with us. These homemakers are supported by our team of registered nurses at the homes or on-call 24/7. We don’t use outside agencies as our staffing philosophy is all about continuity of care by the same team who understand each resident best.
We also work with an established home visit GP, but of course we do understand some residents prefer to continue with their own.
Local allied health professionals provide primary care services as required and local specialists and hospital-in-the-home acute service partners provide sub-specialised care if needed. All of this is facilitated from the Group Home, so the impact of change on each resident is minimised.
The group home model is popular across the United States with established players like The Green House Project.
- “The Green House concept is the most comprehensive effort to reinvent the nursing home.” – The New York Times
- “The Green House Project Reinvents Long-Term Eldercare.” – The Huffington Post
The Green House Project creates “caring homes for meaningful lives” for elders where residents have private rooms and baths, can move freely through the home, build deep knowing relationships with each other more and even participate in preparing their own meals. It is based on a philosophy seeking to reverse the “enforced dependency” of life in a traditional nursing home by creating small intentional communities of 7-10 elders designed to foster late-life development and growth.
Residents of Green House Project homes have shown “increased reports of mobility and social interaction, and fewer reports of weight loss and depression” compared with those living in traditional nursing home facilities.