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Meaningful Ageing Seminar - Busselton WA

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Baptistcare WA

William Carey Court

450 Bussell Hwy

Busselton, WA 6280

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Session One (9.00-12.00): Supporting older people in the transition to aged care

The move into care, whether residential aged care or community care, can be a challenging experience for many older adults. Care may be necessitated by changes in health status, diminishing physical or mental capacity, and may be accompanied by a shift in identity, sense of purpose and loss of hope. Research shows that the transition is often linked with depression.

Central to each person’s identity is their spirituality.

How can we support older people to navigate this transition? How can we skilfully facilitate life review at this time? How can we companion older people in meaning-making, assisting them to connect with what is most important to them?

This seminar will deepen understanding of older peoples’ experiences of the transition and offer a range of practical skills to enable staff to provide spiritual care to older people at this critical time. Participants will reflect on their current practices, share with each other what works and leave with practical ideas to build on their successes.

Session Two (1.00-4.00): Death, Dying and Hope - Conversations about end of life

Many of us find talking about end of life particularly difficult, and communicating with others about end of life presents its own challenges. How do we, as care staff, communicate with residents/clients and their family members as death approaches? How might we attend to the grief experienced by family members and our colleagues? What processes can we put in place to enable the whole team to stay up to date with news of recently deceased residents or clients?

This session will engage participants in discussions about end of life:

  • Develop your communication skills
  • Recognise spiritual care needs at end of life
  • Understand what people are likely to experience in loss
  • Recognise that all staff have a role in end of life care
  • Understanding communication processes within the team so all staff are aware when a resident/client dies and are able to support each other, the loved ones and other residents/clients.
  • Feel more comfortable engaging in conversations around the dying process and death

This event is proudly supported by Prime Super.


About the Facilitator: Kim Thoday

A, BTheol, Dip.Min (Honours), MA (Research), JP

Kim has found himself in the company of older people throughout his life. He loves to learn from seniors – and highly values the opportunity to be with them. Kim has worked for Eldercare (South Australia) since 2010 as a residential care chaplain and, more recently, as both a chaplain and a project manager – assisting with the development of a ten year strategic business plan for the organisation. Kim is also a serving chaplain with the RAAF and was a police chaplain for over ten years. He has worked as an electorate officer, co-manages a small hospitality business and worked in a number of innovative faith communities both in Victoria and South Australia. Kim has wide-ranging experience as a spiritual care supervisor, key-note speaker and conference presenter. His subject matter has ranged from peace activism, spiritual care of people living with dementia, spirituality and postmodernity and, the intersection of faith and politics in Australian history. Kim has extensive and diverse experience in project management and consultancy – in community, government, faith community and corporate contexts. He is also an amateur astronomer and is involved with the Planetarium at the University of South Australia. Kim is currently working on a PhD thesis through the department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University.


Transport

Public transport is limited so carpooling is recommended. Parking is available onsite.

Training Room

Upon arrival, please go to reception and staff will direct you to the training room.


For more information, please contact Meaningful Ageing Australia on (03) 8387 2616 or via email to admin@meaningfulage.org.au


What previous participants have said:

The seminar had great speakers that stimulated new thoughts, very useful indeed" (Melbourne seminar participant)

"Thank you for a very informative and stimulating morning" (Melbourne seminar participant)

"Encouraging, informative, challenging and motivating" (Brisbane seminar participant)

"Thank you for putting on this morning. It is encouraging and helpful to come together and look at different ways we care for others" (Brisbane seminar participant)

"I enjoyed the sharing of information, the coming together of many people from different walks of life" (Brisbane seminar participant)

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Busselton, WA 6280

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