FACILITATING WELLNESS GROUPS FOR OLDER ADULTS
Become accredited and licensed to run the award-winning Wellness Group program for older adults in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Accredited facilitators are offered full training prior to delivering an evidence-based program. The licence includes a recommendation for pre and post measures, session outlines, participant handouts and ongoing facilitator support.
Australia has an ageing population, with the proportion of people aged over 65 years on the rise. Currently, there are over 290,000 older adults residing in RACFs and the latest research indicates that 49% have a diagnosis of depression.
It’s clear that adjusting to life in an aged care facility can be difficult. The eight-module Resident Wellness Group program has been designed to support new admissions and those who are having difficulty adjusting.
The program offers practical strategies for residents, opportunities to build support networks and improve coping and overall wellbeing.
To become an accredited facilitator of the Wellness Group, your organisation is first screened for suitability. The key element of becoming a licensee is to maximise your existing workforce and identify suitable professionals who will become accredited facilitators (usually 2–3 staff per organisation). Accredited facilitators may include mental health professionals, RNs, diversional therapists, leisure and lifestyle coordinators, chaplains and carers.
Completion of Enhancing Emotional Wellbeing in Late Life program.
The first step is to provide the initial onboarding for individuals who will become accredited facilitators. The training is delivered over two 2-hour blocks and includes the following:
• The Benefits of Preventative Incentives
• The Role and Expectation of Group Facilitators
• Screening and Measuring Success of Wellness Program
• Practical Strategies and Troubleshooting
• Content for group sessions delivered in four blocks in a 12-month period
• Facilitator manual, an outline for each session and participant handouts
• Ongoing support with monthly supervision and support delivered by psychologist Dr Julie Bajic Smith
• Program content updates with up-to-date evidence-based research and recommendations