AWARD FOR A CARING MODEL

STIRLING council’s Linda Kuuse has won a state award for a successful dementia care program at day clubs across the city.

Ms Kuuse spearheaded a two-year partnership with Alzheimer’s WA to deliver tailored-made care for seniors attending the Nollamara Day Club.

Aspirations

The new model caters to seniors’ needs and aspirations, incorporating interests like gardening, cooking and knitting into sessions to give their life more purpose.

The “household model” was so successful Stirling has introduced it to all the day clubs in Scarborough and Stirling.

Ms Kuuse manages five adult day clubs in Stirling with about 400 clients, 30 staff and 35 volunteers.

She snagged an individual award in this year’s Excellence in Age Services Awards for helping to introduce the new dementia care model.

• Linda Kuuse (centre) with Stirling Day Club clients Filomena Di Giallonardo and Attilio Romano.

“The opportunity to provide the best possible support to people and have them still be valued by their community they helped create is what drives me,” says Ms Kuuse, a qualified “Dementia Champion”.

“We’re working with people so they still have a voice and so their needs are still met.

“At the city, we continue to support our seniors by providing services where they can build capacity, stay in their home for as long as possible and have that social connection.”

Ms Kuuse is now up for a national award at the Leading Age Services Australia National Congress in October.

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