PresCare’s Sub Acute Care Program – finalist at the ‘Oscars’ of the Eldercare Industry

PresCare Alexandra Gardens’ Sub Acute Care Program was listed as a finalist in the Best Improvement in Healthcare Outcomes category at the 5th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards in Singapore last night.

Despite impressive health outcomes for aged care residents, we didn’t take out the top prize – it was awarded to a Japanese team who have made outstanding achievements with their nutrition program that prevents aspiration pneumonia.

Dee Jeffrey, Manager Service Improvement and Innovation, and our Chairman, Greg Rodgers, represented PresCare at the award ceremony and gala dinner held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore last night.

This is the first time the Green-Yellow-Red: How to avoid a hospital bed Sub Acute Care Program has received international recognition, after a string of awards at home in recent months including the HESTA Aged Care Award in the Team Innovation category and the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s 2016 Better Practice Award winner.

Sandra Thomson, Executive Manager – Residential & Chief Clinical Officer said, “It is such a rewarding experience to see residential services staff recognised for their commitment to reducing hospital admissions for our care recipients who express a strong desire to remain at ’home’ for treatment rather than being transferred to hospital. The recognition as a finalist in this Asia Pacific award motivates us all to provide care aligned to the choices, preferences and needs of our care recipients and their families – standing by our commitment to deliver care that is more you”.

The PresCare program successfully addressed the serious issues associated with unnecessary hospitalisation of  residents living in aged care facilities and saw a massive 50% decrease in the number of people transferred to hospital in the pilot at Alexandra Gardens in Rockhampton. The positive impact of this program has continued for the two years following the pilot and is now being rolled out across the state as part of PresCare’s commitment to improving health outcomes.

Launched in 2013, the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards were created by Ageing Asia to provide annual recognition to organisations in Asia Pacific countries that demonstrate eldercare innovation in their business, operational and service models to change the way seniors age. It is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the staff involved in the program at PresCare Alexandra Gardens and our partners at Central Queensland University.