St Luke’s has adopted the model of person-centred care, which, whenever possible, prioritises the individual and their wishes by involving the whole person and their individual identity, not just their physical care alone.
The focus of diverse activity programs at Lulworth House is to give each resident a choice of regular activities to attend, either individually or in small groups.
Elder Clowns Program at Lulworth House
St Luke’s Care Lulworth House has been engaging The Humour Foundation’s Elder Clowns Program since 2013. The Elder Clowns program addresses the psychosocial needs of residents in a unique, person centred way.
Elder Clowns are professionally trained performers, chosen for their sensitivity and empathy. They undergo comprehensive training from The Humour Foundation to prepare them for the unique demands of working with people living with dementia. This person centred approach results in real relationship building and connection – with excellent and often astounding outcomes as can be seen at Lulworth House.
Elder Clowns aim to engage, uplift and improve the quality of life of residents living with dementia. By working in partnership with facility staff and residents, they enhance health, dignity and happiness as well as maintaining positive interactions with others. The entire facility benefits – residents, staff and families.
Elder Clowns work with Laughter Bosses during each visit – Laughter Bosses are staff members chosen from within the facility and trained by The Humour Foundation prior to the commencement of the program.
This partnership is an important part of the program. The Laughter Boss’ knowledge of the facility and the residents themselves equip the Elder Clown with useful information, helping residents get the most out of each visit.
Click here for a quick look at The Humour Foundation's Elder Clowns Program.
Another feature of our activities program includes a special relaxation therapy. Special relaxation therapy is a concept of sensory stimulation and relaxation which provides new ways of encouraging interaction and motivation from residents.
We have also introduced the Paro robotic baby harp seal to interact with our residents. The Paro seal is designed to sense touch, light, sound, temperature and posture. This method is proven to have a calming effect and elicit emotional responses from our residents suffering from dementia.
Some of the enhanced activities and therapies offered at Lulworth include:
- Concerts with guest entertainers
- Music and Memory program
- Happy hour and sing-alongs
- Art and craft
- Active and gentle exercise program
- Massage therapy
- Weekly tai chi classes
- Ball games
- BBQs throughout the year
- Card and board games
- Quiz time
- Beauty and hair care
- Group discussions
- Weekly pastoral service
- Reminiscing activities
- Visits from Kindifarm throughout the year
- Movie screenings
- Music therapy
- Additional therapies and exercise classes
- Relaxation therapy, a concept of sensory stimulation and relaxation
- Regular activities and outings in our air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible bus
- Laughter Clown (Elder Clown) therapy
- Bingo and champagne bingo
- Library and book reading
- Walking group
- Coffee group
- Dementia specific programs
- Paro seal therapy (robotic baby harp seal)