Wellness Hub

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Improving social interaction, positive ageing and wellness

Project details

Who will benefit from this project?

Budget

$100,000.00

How will the funding be spent?

An exercise bike, cross trainer, weight training and other equipment is specific to meet the needs of residents and people in the community with reduced mobility/ dexterity. Funding will be spent on gym equipment with mobility access for wheelchairs. The total grant money needed would be $100,000.00.

How will the project be delivered?

RGHA has plans to expand on its current allied health services to include a specialist gym within its facility. The gym will form a central point to our wellness hub for promoting physical wellness and independence for the community it serves. This will be achieved through education, support and individual treatments by health professionals. Management identified a space that is not used to its capacity, which is large enough to create our wellness hub and restructuring plans have commenced.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

About 150 in the first year with the vision of increasing resident and community participation.

How will you measure the impact of this project?

The impact of the project will be measured by the number visitors and regulars through sign ins. Before community members, staff, residents and family participate in the use of gym equipment, they will be asked to complete surveys relating to their current well-being and health needs and their goals. Exercise trainers, physiologists, PT's and OT's managing the wellness hub can support people to make more realistic goals and measure evidence based outcomes. Another way that outcomes can be measured is therapy management plans which will show improvement in resident’s mobility. Furthermore, comments and feedback to staff, through Continuous Improvement documents and Facebook can be part of measuring whether people attending the gym on a regular basis feel they have improved in resilience or wellness through using the wellness hub.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

The wellness hub will allow residents and community members to engage and socialise at a local, affordable gym. Residents, staff and family members of RGHA and the wider community will benefit from the wellness hub as it will increase stamina, fitness and may increase their motivation to exercise and thus promote healthy lifestyles. Gym equipment can be adapted for mobile, declining mobility and wheelchair users, allowing access for all, thus reducing disadvantage for those with disabilities.

Project details

Who will benefit from this project?

Budget

$100,000.00

Organisation details

Organisation Name

Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged (RGHA)

What does this organisation do?

The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) provides services for the Greek community of SA. Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged (RGHA) is one of these service centres. RGHA is a 120 bed facility with full allied health services, including: Occupational Therapists (OT's), Physio Therapists (PT), a Social Worker (SW), a Podiatrist, a Speech Pathologist (SP) and a Dietitian as well as a full medical team including Nurses, General Practitioners (GP) and a Dentist. Students are encouraged to inquire about placement opportunities. RGHA supports residents through promoting positive ageing, well-being and empowerment, aiding them to achieve their goals.

GOCSA provides a number of services to external organisations.
These include but are not limited to -
Auspice groups:
1. Greek Union of Aged Pensioners of Thebarton & Suburbs - Federation of Hellenic Associations for Pensioners & Aged SA Inc.
2. The Cypriot Aged & Pensioners Association of SA Inc.
3. The Greeks of Egypt and Middle East Society of SA Inc.
4. Colossus Panrhodian Society.
5. Pan-Ikarian Brotherhood of Australia Inc.
Churches:
1. Cathedral of Archangels Michael & Gabriel
2. Assumption of virgin Mary
3. Saint Nicholas
4. Saints Constantine & Helen
5. Chapel of Saints Anargyroi
* We also work with the Women’s auxiliary group associated with each of these churches.

As a community based organisation, we also work closely with other like- minded organisations providing services to multicultural communities. We have been discussing our project with disability organisations within South Australia, as our aim is to offer our services to wheelchair users or those with declined mobility, as this specialised equipment is not readily available in local gyms.

RGHA works with the mentioned groups by offering (through our onsite physiotherapy clinic) rehabilitation sessions, group based exercises, education on a range of topics aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of the ageing process, how to keep healthy, wellness and the services available. RGHA provides a regular newsletter with health related information (Greek and English) and numerous social media sites with articles uploaded. RGHA has links to and representation on local radio stations which provides the opportunity to inform listeners on the benefits of positive ageing. Education and continuous improvement is a key component of healthy ageing and something RGHA holds key to promote healthy lifestyles and wellness.

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