FOR YOU FOR LIFE TAPESTRY PROGRAM ROLL-OUT AND RESEARCH EVALUATION IS IN FULL SWING ACROSS SEVERAL ROYAL FREEMASONS HOMES.

Tapestry, as we call it, is an advanced aged care model that supports our residents asindividuals. It tracks, integrates and maintains the consistency of their medical, functional and emotional requirements from the moment they enter our care through all the stages of their journey with us. This new care program will be implemented at Gregory Lodge, Footscray Aged Care, Royal Freemasons Bendigo, Springtime Sydenham, Mount Martha Valley, Centennial Lodge and Coppin Centre, with plans for expansion to other homes during 2018. Tapestry is a partnership project between Royal Freemasons and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). NARI has been coordinating the research evaluation of Tapestry since last December, with the participation of our residents, their families and our clinical and care staff. Tapestry has been in development for many years, initially supported by the Keith & Aya Thornton Homes Fund, and culminating in substantial funding from the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund at the Department of Health. Royal Freemasons’ Senior Geriatrician and Tapestry lead investigator, Associate Professor Sam Scherer was delighted to speak at the Tapestry mini-launch at our Footscray Aged Care facility. Initial responses have been very positive, with reports that the program is indeed improving residents’ experience.