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Trout fishing reels in national award for Tasmanian aged care provider

The Freemason’s Homes of Southern Tasmania is set to receive a national award for its support
of the Tasmanian dementia community, through the development of a fun and games lifestyle
program.

Freemason’s Homes CEO Greg Burgess said the dementia lifestyle program, coordinated by
Freemason’s, involved a number of aged care providers to foster a healthy spirit of competition
between residents at each of the homes.

“The program aims to create positive social experiences for residents, demystify some of the
perceptions around people living with dementia, as well as fostering stronger ties between aged
care homes in the State through inter-visitation,” Mr Burgess said.

“Teams from each aged care provider travel between homes once a fortnight to participate in
friendly competition activities such a bingo, fishing, carpet bowls, mini golf, card games,
orienteering, and shuffle board,” Mr Burgess said.

“It has been observed that participants of the program have been positively affected by the
healthy team spirit that is engendered during the games and activities, and residents with
dementia who were typically reserved, uncommunicative and withdrawn have become animated
and engaged while supporting their team members or participating themselves.

“One of our most successful events was a day trip to a local trout fishing farm, where the men
fought for the title of the biggest trout catch, followed by the smoking and eating of the fish.”
Mr Burgess said the Better Practice Awards, presented by the Aged Care Standards and
Accreditation Agency, recognise quality improvement and better practice in aged care and
recognise the aged care industry’s high achievers.

“Of the 51 Awards presented, three were awarded to Tasmanian aged care providers,” he said.
“We are very proud to receive this award which recognises our efforts to provide the best
possible care and lifestyle support to the residents not only at our home, but others across the
State.”
The Freemasons Homes of Southern Tasmania Inc.

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