Autumn Care provides our residents with a comfortable and enjoyable environment to live in.
While a large part of our care focuses on everyday tasks such as meals, personal care and health services, we also aim to bring enjoyable daily activities to our residents including games and exercise groups, musical performances, excursions and entertainers.
Meals, designed for older people and approved by a dietician, are cooked onsite in our kitchens. Menus change seasonally. Meals can be served in rooms but, for the social and communal reasons, our residents generally prefer to eat in our dining rooms.
Organised activities are an important part of life with Autumn Care and each home has an activities coordinator. Activities may include bingo, working on crosswords using a large whiteboard, newspaper discussion groups, books (we have access to a large print library of books), listening to music and news on the radio which is piped into communal living rooms, arts and craft (such as quilting and painting), and exercise groups run by a occupational therapist.
One of our goals is to bring the outside world to our residents. Entertainers – pianists, dancers, singers – visit the homes. Museum Victoria provides discovery boxes containing interesting items from the past. Birthdays and cultural days (such as Italian days) are celebrated, as are key events during the year such as Anzac Day, Christmas in July, and AFL grandfinal day. We also encourage visits from volunteers able to spend time with residents, reading and talking. Regular church services are also held.
Health professionals – doctors as well as audiologists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, optometrists and speech therapists – regularly visit our homes to attend to resident needs.