New projects to improve lives of older people
9 July 2015

New projects to improve lives of older people

Benetas is continuing to develop and deliver innovative ways of promoting the wellbeing of older people in the community, with the recent launch of two major projects.

Frailty Screening Project

After receiving $1.2 million in funding from the Department Social Services through its Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants, Benetas announced in March that it will undertake a frailty screening research program for older people.

The project, which will focus on identifying and mitigating frailty risks in older people, will trial frailty screening in health and aged care assessment and establish resource pathways to empower older people to self-manage their health and wellbeing.

The program is based on existing research that indicates that frailty can be managed and the long term health risks, in some cases, avoided.

Seniors Mediation Program trial

Benetas’ Seniors Mediation Program trial, run in partnership with Family Mediation and Counselling Victoria (FMC), was launched in June.

The Program, which puts the older person at the centre of discussions about their care, helps families to resolve conflict, make important decisions, set goals and plan for the future through a non-adversarial approach.

Benetas clients and their families have been participating in a trial of the program over the last six months with significant outcomes already achieved. Click here to view a video of a case study of a successful mediation outcome. 

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said both projects were part of the organisation’s commitment to person-centred care.

“We want to make sure that older people have their voices heard and their needs met when it comes to how they live their life as they age,” said Ms Hills.

“The Frailty Screening Project and Seniors Mediation Program are both examples of how we hope to empower older people to take control of their experience of ageing.”

“We are committed to delivering innovative and meaningful services that have the potential to make a significant difference to the lives of older people, and it is our vision that both programs will do just that.”

For more information about the Frailty Screening Project and Seniors Mediation Program, please contact the Benetas Customer Centre on 1300 236 382.