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RFBI congratulates the winners of the 7th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards

Sonia Lim 17 May 2019

7th Asia Pacific Eldercare Awards

RFBI congratulates Shatin Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, winners of the 7th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, Food and Nutrition Category.

RFBI was a finalist in the “Innovation of the Year – Food and Nutrition” category for our Dining with Dignity Program and was the only Australian organisation in the final 5 entries.

RFBI’s Dining with Dignity program is an extension of our fine dining experience and has seen the introduction of two new dining aids to improve the dining experience for all residents. The new crockery offers “invisible” assistance with lipped plates and no tip mugs so that all residents can use the same crockery, creating a much more social and enjoyable dining experience.

New fashionable clothing protectors have also been incorporated and replaced outdated bib style coverings. Designed to look like a scarf or lapel cover, these clothing protectors can be used by both men and women and are effective in keeping clothes pristine without unwanted attention (real or perceived) of their need for support.

The Dining with Dignity Program is just one of many exciting new innovations introduced across RFBI Villages. Since launching our Care to Share Innovation Program in March 2018, a number of new projects have been introduced including:

  • Employee Wellness & Benefits Program
  • A standard Palliation Kit based on best practice research from RFBI Villages
  • Personalised doors so residents living with dementia can more easily find their room (trial)
  • Resident Wish List Program
  • Senior Smiles Dental Program
  • Pets Welcome Program
  • Moto Tiles

At the forefront of these initiatives is RFBI’s Chief of Strategy & Innovation, Alyson Pearce, who could not be happier with the results so far.

“Since the launch of the Program in March last year, we have received a total of 65 ideas and have fulfilled 14 of them. There are plenty more organisational innovation projects underway and I cannot wait to introduce them across our Villages and share results with the industry,” said Alyson.

RFBI is now a member of the InnovAGEING network, the first innovation network for aged services in Australia, designed to facilitate the sharing of ideas and opportunities with colleagues from across the industry.

“Whilst we are disappointed we missed out on the award this year, we are very proud to have been nominated as a finalist and will be back again next year.”

To read out more about RFBI’s innovative initiatives, please visit our News and Events page here.