An Australian first for Elizabeth Lodge
Anglicare’s Residential Care Home, Elizabeth Lodge is the first home in Australia to receive Montessori accreditation.
The Montessori model of care focuses on independence, choice, self-esteem and meaningful engagement. Our staff use it to create an environment and a method of care that goes beyond ensuring the physical safety and wellbeing of their residents, many of whom live with dementia.
“The Montessori method is about understanding the people in our care, and looking at capabilities rather than shortcomings,” explains Rae Blackledge, Manager of Elizabeth Lodge. “The method challenges our staff to change the environment, as well as how they care for the person living within that environment, so that we can provide meaning and purpose to the resident’s day.”
Every aspect of the aged care home, right down to the carpet installed in some of the wings, has been carefully thought through to provide the best care for our residents. The aim is to empower those who live at the Home to pursue a full and meaningful life. “If our residents want to do a job, we give them a job to do and work around any limitations,” says Rae. “We break down tasks into manageable actions for them. We use cue cards and bright signs around the Home to assist people with memory loss. This not only reduces anxiety, it empowers them to make some decisions for themselves so that they can retain a level of dignity and independence.”
The Managing Director at Montessori Ageing Support Services, Anne Kelly, said that Ms Blackledge has led and mentored a passionate and committed team to develop a Montessori Environment within Elizabeth Lodge. “Elizabeth Lodge deserves this recognition. As the first service provider in Australia to receive this status, they are to be applauded. We look forward to a long relationship with Elizabeth Lodge as they continue their quest to ensure a quality Montessori environment for all residents, staff and families,” Ms Kelly says.