Royal Freemasons and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) have partnered to implement an evidence-informed residential aged care program that will enhance our existing approach to resident care.

Known as For You For Life Tapestry, this approach helps track and coordinate each resident’s journey in aged care. It also promotes teamwork and supports an open and honest dialogue between employees, doctors, residents and relatives.

We recently secured government funding to help us further develop the program. The Department of Health’s Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund is supporting the program’s integration and evaluation at seven of our residential aged care facilities. Since the start of the year we have been progressively integrating Tapestry at Gregory Lodge, Footscray Aged Care, Bendigo, Springtime Sydenham, Mount Martha Valley, Centennial Lodge and Coppin Centre.

The Tapestry team has been supporting this implementation by engaging with key staff and with online training and in-person workshops. And a number of these sites have emerged as champions of the success of the program.

NARI also continues to evaluate the program. A number of focus groups with interested residents, families, and employees were recently conducted by NARI to gather feedback on key elements. NARI is now undertaking additional surveys of employees, residents and families.

Once the research evaluation is complete, we intend to roll-out Tapestry across the organisation.
The Tapestry team recently presented some of their research at the International Dementia Conference in Sydney, showing some of our findings from the focus groups. Later this year, we have been accepted to present more of our research at the Australian Association of Gerontology annual conference.