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Group Homes Australia launches GHA @Home

on Monday, February 12, 2018

Group Homes Australia’s (GHA’s) innovative model of dementia and aged care can now be enjoyed in the comfort of a person’s own home. The holistic model has now been expanded to incorporate GHA@Home, allowing even more Australians to experience their differentiated care.

In 2012, Founder and co-CEO of GHA, Tamar Krebs, opened a unique set of doors to a home where dementia and ageing does not hinder the joy and celebration of life. Homemakers (carers) help residents to enjoy life by encouraging residents to choose their own daily routines. Residents decide when to wake up, when to shower and dress and when, what and where they would like to eat.
 
In traditional aged and dementia care institutions residents have to follow set guidelines and schedules. They are taken to the toilet, showered and fed at set times, which contributes to the institutional feel.

At GHA, residents and homemakers celebrate life. Homemakers encourage residents to partake in activities that are of interest to them. These include yoga, puzzles, baking, cooking, shopping, hanging laundry, cooking a BBQ, swimming, arts and crafts, and yoga. These hobbies are then broken down into steps based on each person’s ability.
 
This unique model of dementia and aged care is now available in people’s own homes.

People who prefer to stay at home can have trained homemakers visit their home.

Tamar Krebs, Co-CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia, says that “People who want to stay at home now have access to GHA’s care philosophy. Homemakers trained in the GHA aged and dementia care program can work for up to 24 hours, 7 days a week in a person’s home.” 

Jonathan Gavshon, Co-CEO adds, “We saw this as a natural extension of what we do well – allowing people to stay in their community and get the right tailored care.  We have already seen a large demand from families that call us and are not quite ready to move into one of our group homes. GHA@Home is now a gentler step compared to discussing moving out of home and into more formal care.  We are proud to be keeping people in their home and communities.”

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