Wishing you a safe and happy festive season from all the team at VCare!

Wishing you a safe and happy festive season from all the team at VCare!

What a year! The VCare team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and our best wishes for 2018. It has been a very busy year; it's hard to believe it's nearly over.

VCare is continuing to develop solutions that take advantage of mobile technologies, allowing you to access VCare anytime, anywhere. We have had some great positive feedback from facilities using our new mobile technology - VCare Any-ware! If you would like some more information about VCare Any-ware or if you would like to see a demo, please get in touch!

As the year has progressed, VCare has been proud to be involved in a range of events brought to you by Retirement Village Association (RVA) and the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA).

Some significant highlights for VCare would have to be:

RVA Conference
NZACA Conference
NZACA Workshops

We look forward to providing you with some great enhancements in the new year. Best wishes for 2018!

Quality of life for residents in Retirement Villages and Aged Care Facilities

Quality of life for residents in Retirement Villages and Aged Care Facilities

Quality of life is a term that gets thrown around and continuously discussed by all walks of life, individuals of different ages, genders, ethnicities, and income levels.

What does quality of life really mean? How can you accurately measure quality of life?

By building and maintaining relationships you can gain an overwhelming sense of belonging and self-worth.

What happens when companionship has surrounded you for the majority of your life, and suddenly you are all alone? What happens when you can no longer care for yourself? 

For a proportion of the older population in New Zealand and around the world, this is a reality. Individuals may have lost a loved one; individuals may have difficulties carrying out day to day duties such as cleaning and cooking, they possibly may no longer be able to care for themselves too or a combination of all of these. At this point, individuals and their families need to make a difficult decision about their future living environment and whether or not there is a need to move into an Aged Care facility or Retirement Village.

As individuals in our current society, we all desire a sense of purpose, this sense of purpose gives us the motivation to take on each day and be a part of a community. There is a range of different activities that enhance the well-being of individuals in Aged Care Facilities. These activities help sustain and increase the quality of life residents should be aiming towards.

Here are three areas in which you can use to improve the quality of life for your residents:

1. Physical Stimulation
2. Mental Stimulation 
3. Social Stimulation

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Physical Stimulation

Physical stimulation has a positive effect on a resident’s quality of life. By remaining active, you are more energetic on a day to day basis, which results in residents staying mobile for much longer. Residents who are staying active and taking part in regular physical activities reap the positive benefits of this lifestyle including:

  • Improve flexibility
  • Increase strength
  • Improve physical fitness
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Improves the ability to carry out activities for everyday tasks

Aged Care providers need to establish a high quality of life for their residents, and they can maintain it through physical stimulation. Some examples of activities that facilities could introduce into their Aged Care Facility to achieve this are:

  • Swimming
  • Water Exercises
  • Pet Therapy
  • Group Sports
  • And Much more

Mental Stimulation

The mental state and capacity of an individual have a huge effect on resident’s quality of life. Aged Care Providers need to put a huge amount of time and effort into maintaining and stimulating the mental capacity of all residents.

Some examples of activities you could use in your aged care facility to achieve this are:

  • Painting
  • Making Music
  • Creative Arts
  • Crosswords
  • Puzzles
  • And much more

 It is imperative to keep your residents mind active continuously through the activities discussed above; this results in a much happier resident.


Social Stimulation

By creating a social environment, residents have an opportunity to socialise with others; this creates a sense of belonging. Restricting and eliminating the amount of loneliness a resident encounters on a day to day basis. Loneliness is an intense emotion and can affect residents physical, mental, emotional and physiological well-being. By creating this safe and happy environment, you are limiting the feeling of sadness and loneliness in your Aged Care Facility or Retirement Village.

Some examples of activities you could use to minimise loneliness include:

  • Music Quiz
  • Group Sing-along
  • Jigsaws
  • Book Clubs
  • Blind food tasting
  • And much more

By offering a range of social activities, your residents develop daily routines which they enjoy; this results in the sense of belonging and creates a sense of routine for residents, ensuring residents always have a reason to get out of bed in the morning and take on the day.


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Nursing Home Industry (NHI) conference and VCare Complete User Forum

Nursing Home Industry (NHI) conference and VCare Complete User Forum

Nursing Home Industry Conference - John, Caroline, Mairead and Eoin had a great time showcasing VCare Complete at the recent Nursing Homes Industry (NHI) Conference in Dublin on Thursday 16th November.

It was an excellent opportunity to meet with others involved in the Nursing Home Industry, and catch up with some familiar faces as well.

“Embracing and Shaping the Future” was the focus for this year’s NHI conference and  Speakers on the day included Minister Simon Harris, Maev-Ann Wren PhD, Jim Breslin, Brendan Kelly, Susan Cliffe, Assumpta Ryan and Enda McNulty.

If you have any questions about VCare Complete or would like to see it live in action, contact us today to arrange a demo.

John, Caroline, Mairead and Eoin had a great time showcasing VCare Complete at the recent Nursing Homes Industry (NHI) Conference in Dublin on Thursday 16th November.

It was an excellent opportunity to meet with others involved in the Nursing Home Industry, and catch up with some familiar faces as well.

“Embracing and Shaping the Future” was the focus for this year’s NHI conference and  Speakers on the day included Minister Simon Harris, Maev-Ann Wren PhD, Jim Breslin, Brendan Kelly, Susan Cliffe, Assumpta Ryan and Enda McNulty.

If you have any questions about VCare Complete or would like to see it live in action, contact us today to arrange a demo.

This year the annual VCare Complete User Forum took place at the City west Hotel, Dublin on November 15th.

Topics that were covered included:

  • Information Security
  • Data Protection
  • New Features
  • Future Plans
  • Master Classes.
  • Q+A sessions

VCare and HCI are proud to bring these forums to you, promoting the opportunity for clients to discuss their experiences and have a say in future developments.

Maire Brookfield, Director of Quality Information Systems and Eoin Cosgrove, Quality Information Systems Specialist had a great time hosting the event. The forums are always an excellent opportunity to catch up with everyone.

This year the annual VCare Complete User Forum took place at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on November 15th.

 

Topics that were covered included:

·         Information Security

·         Data Protection

·         New Features

·         Future Plans

·         Master Classes.

·         Q+A sessions

 

VCare and HCI are proud to bring these forums to you, promoting the opportunity for clients to discuss their experiences and have a say in future developments.

Maire Brookfield, Director of Quality Information Systems and Eoin Cosgrove, Quality Information Systems Specialist had a great time hosting the event. The forums are always an excellent opportunity to catch up with everyone.

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Thanks for visiting VCare at the NZACA Conference 2017

Thanks for visiting VCare at the NZACA Conference 2017

Thanks for visiting VCare at the NZACA conference 2017

Chris, Richard and Brittany really enjoyed their time at the recent Aged Care Association (NZACA) conference in Rotorua from the 4th-6th of September.

NZACA Conference 2017 thanks | VCare InternationalIt was a great opportunity to meet with others involved in the Aged Care Industry.

VCare was proud to sponsor the NZACA Conference and the “VCare Legendary Service to the Residential Aged Care Sector” award

The VCare Legendary Service to the Aged Residential Care Sector award recognises the outstanding contribution of someone who has been part of the aged residential care industry for more than ten years.

Big congratulations to Pat Jermyn from Arvida, who received a $1000 travel voucher.

 Pat has recently celebrated 34 years of service in the aged care industry. 29 years as a manager, where she has positively influenced the lives of hundreds of residents, family and staff. Pat’s commitment and success within this industry reflects her integrity, respect for the rights of others and the pure pleasure she gets from interacting with people.

 

 Also big congratulations to Angela from Anne Maree Group who won a bottle of No.1 Assemblé.

A highlight for Chris and Richard was showcasing a range of new and exciting innovative functionality offered by VCare including the use of mobile functionality and beacons.

 We are looking forward to seeing you next year at the NZACA conference in Auckland

VCare is sponsoring and exhibiting at the NZACA Conference 2017

VCare is sponsoring and exhibiting at the NZACA Conference 2017

VCare – New Zealand’s leading resident management solution

VCare provides a comprehensive suite of care assessments with trigger alerts that notify users when results are outside of the normal threshold. In addition, VCare automates the scheduling of care plan evaluations, reassessments and measurements.

VCare is an electronic system for meeting all of your care planning and resident recording requirements practically, efficiently and in line with best practice. Manage your care, compliance, billing and administration needs with ease and efficiency so you can focus on your residents.

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  • Mobile applications including sales and care
  • Beacons to enable security and assurance
  • Resident Management
  • Extensive reporting
  • Overcome auditing challenges through VCare
  • And much more to make your life easier

 

“VCare has helped the auditing process infinitely. It gives you security and assurance because, at any stage, you can be spot audited by the DHB. If you can’t produce the information, then they can’t audit it and the situation gets very tense.  If somebody came in right now and said that they were doing a spot audit and they needed all of Sally’s information, I could just print it off, as of right now.”

Carol Ropati, CHT Healthcare Trust

NZACA conference 2017, Rotorua – Trends and Challenges in an Aging World

VCare is proud to be sponsoring both the NZACA conference and the “VCare Legendary Service to the Aged Residential Care Sector “award.

The VCare Legendary Service to the Aged Residential Care Sector award recognises the outstanding contribution of someone who has been part of the aged residential care industry for more than ten years. The winner of this award will receive a $1000 travel voucher.

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Chris and Richard will be showcasing a range of new and exciting innovative functionality offered by VCare at the NZACA conference. Come and visit us at Stand 56 to find out more! Chris and Richard will also be giving away some spot prizes on the stand – so be quick so you don’t miss out.