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The Selwyn Foundation’s new care model shortlisted for award

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The Selwyn Foundation’s unique new participatory care model is a finalist for an international award for outstanding performance in the aged care sector, which will be announced next week.

Launched in 2013 as part of the longstanding Ageing Asia Innovation Forum, the annual Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards recognise those organisations that demonstrate innovation and quality approaches in their business, operational and service models, with one underlying goal - to enhance the way older adults age.

One of only two New Zealand finalists out of 116 global organisations competing across 20 categories, the Foundation is shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Innovation of the Year - Care Model’. This award acknowledges the best implementation which aims to improve the quality of life of older adults.

Selwyn’s innovation is based on creating a true home for older people in residential aged care through having small communities or ‘households’ - a feature of its new care homes - where residents have a real sense of belonging and decision-making. The concept of participatory medicine is also a major influence on the design and application of its new care model, and is based around residents’ individual needs and what they want out of life, rather than having others make decisions on their behalf.

It is therefore an integrated approach to caring, offering inviting environments without an institutional feeling, and engaging and empowering residents to take a leading role in their own wellbeing. This is a fundamental aspect of The Selwyn Way approach to the care and wellbeing of all who connect with The Selwyn Foundation.

The Selwyn Foundation is an independent New Zealand charitable trust providing services to older people and their families, which has led the way in improving the quality of life of senior citizens for over sixty years. It has recently opened new care homes featuring the participatory care model at its Selwyn St Andrew’s village in Cambridge and Selwyn Oaks village in Papakura, with another due to open at Selwyn Village in Point Chevalier later this year.

Selwyn is one of four finalists for the ‘Innovation of the Year - Care Model’ award, and the winners will be announced at the international Ageing Asia Innovation Forum in Singapore on 16 May 2018.

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