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Innovation

At Helping Hand we challenge the idea that aged care is just about managing needs of older people. Our aim is to transform a system which is adequate, but not exceptional, by encouraging learning, driving change, and influencing policy reform. Our ideal is to have a system that enables us to choose what is right for us as individuals, without reducing quality of life.

We explore the way things can be, rather than just accept the way they are. Our Research and Development Unit, established in 2004, has delivered a broad range of programs and partnerships that continue to shape the way older people and ageing is perceived and services are provided. The aim is to develop innovative solutions for the future. We do this by focussing on three main areas:

 

Research and Development

What does research mean to us? Finding out what works, and why, from the older person’s perspective. We then make changes in our business systems to reflect this. We also look at what academics and experts say about a subject and turn that into practical support for people in the real world. Our priority in research is on knowledge which can make a change in what we do. Development is the linking point between research and current practice – the work we need to do to refine, change, or implement new things based on the knowledge we gain through research.

Student Participation

In addition to contributing resources to support student vocational placements, we also address and present concepts of current and future aged care services through lectures and other formats to large groups of undergraduate and postgraduate students. These experiences have assisted students in gaining a better understanding of the drivers influencing the aged care industry, and the potential employment opportunities that may result.

Partnerships

We understand the value of partnerships spanning government, academic, not for profit and corporate stakeholders. We are looking for long term partners who want to make a sustainable difference in aged care. Opportunities exist to invest in capital funding or directly into one of the projects we are operating. We also welcome suggestions from prospective partners who have a particular passion that they would like to explore together.

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