How Bowie the pup inspired Australia’s first nursing home farm

How Bowie the pup inspired Australia’s first nursing home farm

A nursing home — run by one of Australia’s biggest private providers, Allity Aged Care — deciding to set up what it believes will be the nation’s first purpose-built farm.

What's really important to ageing and when people are admitted to residential aged care is that people continue to be themselves.

Charles Sturt University senior lecturer Dr Maree Bernoth has done research into the standard of care offered in Australian nursing homes and thinks the farm project sounds exciting.

“What’s really important to ageing and when people are admitted to residential aged care is that people continue to be themselves, and that there is a connectedness to what they have done previously and to the community in general,” she said.

The lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health said she had noticed nursing homes were starting to compete by offering points of difference, such as a farm, to make them more attractive to potential clients and their families.

“If we have this market-driven environment there can be positive things to come out of it,” Dr Bernoth said.

“[With] this facility, whatever their motivation, hopefully there will only be positive things for the people who reside there.”

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