As part of our partnership with Swinburne University’s Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults’ Digital Story in Residential Aged Care project, three RAV staff from our Kew Centre have volunteered to be paired with older adults living in aged care facilities for the purposes of companionship and social interaction.
The three staff are part of a larger group of volunteers who will visit their companions weekly for three months between August and October 2018. Volunteers will also attend weekly training sessions at Swinburne University aimed at providing education around psychological issues relevant to older adults, aged care, reminiscence and storytelling. According to Reminiscence theories, the telling and showing of one’s story is a means to reaffirm identity, uniqueness and lived experiences.
The outcome of the Digital Story project will be the production of a digital video that tells a story about each resident’s life. The stories can then be presented as gifts or legacy documents to the next generation of family members.
This project is one example of RAV’s commitment to providing senior relationship services that are developed or tailored to meet the growing needs of Victoria’s ageing population.
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