BASScare is committed to providing care that is person-centred and creates the least amount of change to prior routines. Our model of care is based on available best practice evidence. Our focus is to provide dignity and choice, independence and respect to our residents.
We are using the Eden Alternative as the basis for our care design and delivery. The current Aged Care system focusses on what a resident can’t do for themselves, and therefore what needs to be done for them. Instead, we aim to focus on enabling residents to maintain maximum dignity, independence, control and choice. We want to encourage resident participation in the day to day household activities.
We want to encourage our staff to challenge the traditional models of aged care and design and deliver care and services that are flexible and accommodating.
The Eden Alternative was designed by a GP in the United States who was caring for residents in Nursing Homes. He felt frustrated that he could prescribe medications and treatments to help with physical ailments but couldn’t help make the lives of residents better. He described three plagues of aged care: Loneliness, Helplessness and Boredom. He believed that the cures were centred on animals, plants and children. The Eden Alternative focuses on giving equal measure of care to the heart and mind as to the body.