Fellowship case study

A project to provide more meaningful long-distance connection between residents

Dementia Training Australia offers Fellowships for residential care staff in some organisations as part of a Tailored Training Package.

Fellowships are coaching partnerships – we work closely with selected staff members to develop their leadership skills, facilitate knowledge transfer and create real, sustainable practice change within their organisations.

In Victoria we worked with Homestyle Aged Care Services on Fellowships for four managers based at different sites. Each manager led a site-based project.

One of the fellows, Julie Gray, worked with her Lifestyle Manager Alana OKeefe to lead a project to provide more meaningful long-distance connection between residents living with dementia and their families by trialling video chat and Skype calls in a 15-bed, dementia-specific unit.

Five residents were selected for the trial, based on criteria including having a diagnosis of dementia in its advanced stages, and relatives living too far away to visit regularly.

“After the video chat calls, staff would prompt residents to share information about themselves and their families” Julie said.

Residents were enthusiastic about sharing parts of their life stories that the calls had triggered, and this in turn helped staff learn more about the residents.

“DTA’s team based at La Trobe University provided incredibly helpful and empowering support to staff throughout the project, including a literature review and guidance on evaluation.

“This support was essential in us being able to deliver real, tangible results for our residents.”

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Alana OKeefe with resident Elizabeth Walker

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Working together to improve wellbeing for people with dementia and the staff who care for them.

Our TTPs are designed to bring about sustainable change within organisations to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia and the staff who care for them.