Start living life again
It’s all about person centered care at Mayfield Aged Care.
Lively chatter, French chansons playing and champagne glasses clinking. It’s time for another armchair travel trip for the residents at Mayfield Aged Care.
“Our residents love these events,” says Resident Liaison April Robinson.
“Once a month, our residents travel the world. They get passports and foreign currency and we serve food and beverages to match. We put on a lifestyle program that fits the country and everyone has a great time. We have been to Spain, Greece and Italy recently.”
Armchair travel is but one of many activities on offer at Mayfield Aged Care: from walking groups, “name that tune” musical quizzes and movie afternoons to current affairs group discussions, concerts or craft sessions – not to speak of annual highlights like Melbourne Cup or Australia Day celebrations.
A new central Plaza is an entertainment hub and meeting place for residents and families, with complimentary tea, coffee and snacks on offer.
“For us, it’s all about person centered care, which comes with having choices,” explains April. “Whether it is choosing from four different options for lunch and dinner, being offered a glass of beer or wine with your meal, or decorating your room to your personal taste.”
“We have just recently added another 22 Platinum accommodation rooms in our East Wing. It’s really hotel-style living with care and support on hand.
“There’s in-room Wi-fi, an electronic stand-up lifter and reclining chair, motion activated lighting and spacious bathrooms. Not one of these rooms looks the same as residents are welcome to bring whatever furniture they can fit.”
Robyn Thomson confirms: “Mum was thrilled to have a TV with Foxtel, air conditioning, her own bar fridge, generous wardrobe space and bookshelves for photos and mementos from home. At mealtime, she was seated at a table with four interesting ladies and they quickly became firm friends. With a fresh white tablecloth and flowers on the table, Mum felt really spoilt and her appetite, which was declining at home, returned in no time. However, the standout feature in Mum’s experience at Mayfield Aged Care has been the staff’s kindness and care.”
Yet with all these comforts and choices, the transition into an aged care home can be difficult.
“At first I was heartbroken and didn’t want to go into Aged Care from hospital,” says 99-year-old Moya. “But I realised I had to pull myself together as it was hard on my family too.
“After several weeks of loving care by the staff I started to get used to having the support. At one stage my son took me home to see my house before all affairs were finalised, which was good.
“But on returning through the front doors at Mayfield Aged Care I realised I was really home and I felt safe.”
Fellow nonagenarian Hilda concurs: “If you couldn’t be happy here, you couldn’t be happy anywhere.”