Award Winning Lifestyle
Celebrations marking Emmy Monash’s prestigious 2011 Better Practice Award recognising its innovative Life Enrichment Project culminated in a presentation ceremony on Tuesday 22 November 2011.
The official presentation was made by Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency (ACSAA) General Manager ofAccreditation, Victoria Crawford to Project Coordinator Pamela Bruder at Emmy Monash.
Guests included City of Glen Eira Mayor, Cr Margaret Esakoff; Jewish Community Council of Victoria President and Executive Director, Nina Bassat and Michelle Coleman respectively; Barbara Wolfson from B’nai B’rith’s Courage to Care; and Emmy patron Pauline Gandel and John Gandel AO.The Better Practice awards promote and recognise improvement and better practice in aged care homes that succeed in going above and beyond. Emmy Monash is one of only 16 national recipients in the Resident Lifestyle category.
The Life Enrichment Project, which is intergenerational, interfaith and intercultural, provides residents with a means of expression through arts-based programs. It encompasses the ‘Generations In One Voice’ Community Choir and The Jeanne Pratt Drama Group.
Chief Executive Officer Tanya Abramzon said Emmy was honoured that its commitment to innovation, excellence and proactive approach had impacted so positively – not only on residents who were the immediate beneficiaries, but also on the Jewish and broader communities.
“What makes this so exceptional is that such programs can provide a benchmark to which other organisations can aspire and emulate,” she said. President Joe Krampel said our mission states, among other things, that we will support the “continuity of traditions and involvement with family and community. It is evident to me today that we are not only fulfilling our mission, but that we are excelling at it,” he said.
Patron Pauline Gandel said she has always believed that the elderly deserve to be treated with the greatest dignity and respect and there is no organisation in our community that exemplifies this better than Emmy Monash, which excels across every area of its operations and facilities. She noted the project’s life-changing impact on residents and said she and husband John were honoured to be among its most avid supporters.
The ACSAA has more information about the awards as well as the Life Enrichment Project on its website www.accreditation.org.au