Located in the heart of Omeo our modern home boasts a pleasant rural out look that captures the essence of a high country environment. Refurbished in 1997 our home is comprised of 4 Low Care beds and 10 High Care beds. Our recently completed 2015 re-development upgraded us to 14 single bed rooms, each with their own private bathroom.
Omeo District Health provides care to our residents through our Division 1 and Enrolled Nurse work force as well as Lifestyle Co-ordinators, Allied Health professionals and an on-site medical clinic.
Residents enjoy a variety of settings within the home. Our comfortable lounges are often bustling with activity including visits from entertainers, Omeo District Health’s day care centre and other local community groups. Our quiet reflection room offers a more relaxing environment and can be used for meditation and spiritual gatherings of all denominations.
In our IT and crafts centre residents have access to a myriad of activities which they are encouraged to participate in by our Lifestyle Co-ordinators. Through our Lifestyle program residents have the opportunity to partake in regular individualised adventures and outings which take advantage of all the high country has to offer including our golf courses, rivers and mountains. To keep up to date with the goings on at our aged care home you can visit the Lewington House Blog.
All meals are prepared in house utilizing fresh produce across a 28 day menu. Needless to say our residents enjoy a healthy varied and balanced diet that is titrated for dietary needs. Meals can be served in the comfort of our resident’s room or in our communal dining room. Residents and their visitors can help themselves to tea, coffee and snacks in the resident kitchenette.
Diversional Therapy, known as the “Lifestyle Program”, for Residents’ at Lewington House, Omeo District Health.
The Lewington House Lifestyle Program aims to make the later years of all our Residents’ lives as meaningful and enjoyable as possible. Lifestyle Coordinator, Leanne Appleby strives to make sure all Residents’ feel welcome, comfortable, included, and have the opportunity to be involved in the activities provided. Residents’ are encouraged to participate in activities, however, it is purely their choice whether they attend or not. Participation may even mean the Resident sitting, watching, just being there; knowing that they are in the company of others, and included in conversation can be very comforting. Through the delivery of planned creative activities, it is endeavoured to make sure all Residents’ feel happy, satisfied, and enriched mentally, physically and spiritually.
The Lifestyle Program recognises that each person is a unique individual, and is respectful of individual personal needs of dignity, independence, choice, participation, self-esteem and life satisfaction.
The Lifestyle Program Coordinator works four days a week, taking two one-hour activity sessions a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Resident’s also have the opportunity for one on one/a small group situation, providing client focused interests and needs. Other aspects of the position include: researching, training, programming, documenting, reporting, and office duties, etc.
Activities are planned a month ahead, with focus on a relevant theme, topics related to the time of the year and annual events. An activities calendar is displayed each month and in addition, Residents’ receive a weekly news sheet, to ensure our Residents’ are well informed of the activities on offer and any news items that may arise. The Lifestyle Program offers a diverse and varied range of activities so that all interests, abilities and cognitive areas are catered for. Examples of activities fall within the following headings: active exercise, art/craft, games, pet and sensory therapy, pamper/massage/meditation, literacy/poems/reading, trivia/quiz/puzzles, local excursions, student nurse/children interaction, High Country Men’s shed, music appreciation & sing-along, arm chair travel, cultural & traditional celebrations, spiritual & religion, special events & celebrations, and so much more. The Lifestyle Program is changing all the time due to catering for the current client’s interests and needs.
A Residents’, Family, and Friends’ Meeting is held every three months, this is a forum where everyone involved is given an opportunity to discuss any happenings, changes, wishes, suggestions, matters of interest, etc.