LASA congratulates the West Australian winners of the 2021 Excellence In Age Services Awards.

“The winners are exceptional and offer care and companionship for older Australians across the state,” said LASA CEO Sean Rooney.

“The Awards focus on great individuals and teams, recognising their excellence in looking after and making a big difference in the lives of elders.

“There is also innovation and imagination. It inspires carers and workers who support ageing well and honour and respect older people.”

There are five category winners: Rising Star, Individual, Next Gen Young Leader, Organisation and Team.

The winner of the Rising Star is Lena Judrill, who works for the Halls Creek Peoples Church Frail Aged Hostel. She is so caring and kind and care recipients love her a lot. She provides culturally appropriate care, with First Nations people in Halls Creek.

Lena loves her work and she attends every shift and elders get the care they require at all times.

The Individual winner is Patricia Van Niekerk who works for Home Instead in Perth and the South West of WA.

Trish is exceptional at identifying each client’s individual likes and provides personalised care. For those clients living with dementia, she uses strategies to enhance positive responses, working with colour and style of clothing, appropriately chosen make-up and a carefully selected sing-along song are all part of pre-delivery preparation.

Trish researchers her clients and never misses a special occasion and often celebrates her clients’ milestones with their favourite tea and cake which she enjoys making with them.  Trish’s personal approach to clients has meant extending herself well beyond her own comfort zone.

The Next Gen Young Leader winner is Richelle Johns from My at Home Care. Richelle is very knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and she works tirelessly for the benefit of customers and staff.

Richelle as been an integral part of implementing a customer centred approach to care. She believes all customers should have direct access to their customer coordinator and somebody they can call 24 hours a day.

The Organisation winner is Rosewood Care Group, a non-profit residential aged care provider for over 60 years which has grown from 50 employees to approximately 200 and is continuing to expand. Rosewood’s mission is to provide premium care and enhance quality of life for ageing people.

Rosewood celebrates champions in care and audits are run to benchmark results for staff and resident satisfaction. This is backed up by 98% occupancy and very low turnover of staff.

The Team winner is Woodvale Getaway Team, Community Vision. The Woodvale team is a fundamental part of the Woodvale social club providing social support, respite and wellbeing opportunities for older people wanting to live their best life possible.

The Woodvale team is a multidisciplinary gathering, with a passion for delivering quality services including support workers, an aged care manager, art therapist VR project lead and the chef to provide the best experiences for our customers.

The Woodvale Getaway Team created an opportunity for our customers to travel the globe with a fully immersive, interactive travel experience, using advanced technology.

The Excellence In Age Services Awards Awards are sponsored by HESTA.

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