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- Whiddon named in top 50 innovative companies
- HammondCare picks up building award
Whiddon named in top 50 innovative companies
Not-for-profit aged care provider The Whiddon Group has been listed in the 2017 Australian Financial Review’s Top 50 most innovative Australian and New Zealand companies.
The New South Wales regional, remote and rural provider came in at number 44 on the list and was recognised for its integration of the ASCOT tool, which measures and evaluates wellbeing in aged care.
Whiddon was the only aged care provider represented on the list, which was topped by media, marketing and advertising company M&C Saatchi, from among more than 1,000 nominations.
Whiddon CEO Chris Mamarelis said the provider was honoured to be recognised for being innovative and among some of Australia’s most outstanding organisations.
“By integrating the ASCOT tool, we are pioneering best practice care planning in Australia and want to see the industry follow,” Mr Mamarelis said.
The ASCOT tool, which was developed by the University of Kent in the UK, has been integrated into Whiddon’s model of care to support the organisation’s focus on wellbeing and enhance the relationship-based approach to care.
HammondCare picks up building award
HammondCare’s multistorey dementia specific facility in the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga has won the Master Builders Association award for Best Aged Care building in NSW.
The four-storey building, which was officially opened in February, incorporates HammondCare’s cluster model of cottages into a multi-level facility for 57 residents.
Acting general manager of property and capital works, Seamus van der Westhuizen said the building is the outcome of a collaborative approach between the architects Jackson Teece, the award-wining builders Stephen Edwards Constructions and HammondCare’s capital works team.
“The result is a building that has been designed with access to outdoors via terraces and balconies, lots of natural light and an easy-to-navigate design,” he said.
“It incorporates the latest elements in dementia care design with ensuites, clearly visible toilets in resident’s rooms, memory boxes next to the doors, and the décor is plain but warm.”
The facility features five apartments with a different level of care provided on each floor, as well as a chapel, resident’s shop, hairdresser and other amenities.
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