Dementia research and innovation
We are committed to improving dementia care in Tasmania
Our state-of-the-art dementia unit
In July 2017, we opened the Balfour Wing of our Peace Haven home. This modern dementia unit accommodates 16 residents in a secure, safe and friendly environment. With cutting-edge facilities, the unit – along with our specially qualified staff – is enhancing the lives of those living with dementia.
In May 2017, we helped launch a collaboration between Masonic Care Tasmania, Masonic Centenary Medical Research Foundation and Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. This $250k dementia research and demonstration program will involve us:
- Shaping a new model of dementia care in aged care practice;
- Undertaking research to model new roles for graduates of the Bachelor of Dementia Care from the University of Tasmania; and
- Providing a program across two years at our three facilities.
In July 2018, Dr Emma Lea, a key driving force of the program, presented at The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science. Being accepted and given the opportunity to present on an international stage is a significant acknowledgement of the extraordinary team and the important work they are doing. The presentation entitled The Dementia Care Support Worker: A New Role for Care Worker Graduates of the Bachelor of Dementia Care was presented by Dr Emma Lea and the team from Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, with the DCSW and Masonic Care Tasmania Executive Director of Clinical represented as co-authors.
Elroy, our new dementia therapy robot!
Elroy is a humanoid robot that’s made specially to engage and entertaining our residents suffering from dementia. As part of our Improving Dementia Care Project, the robot uses software designed for aged care. He can move, feel, hear, speak, see, connect and think, giving him a friendly, patient and active personality.With programming support from staff, Elroy will run music groups, exercise classes and a games hour where residents will be encouraged to socialise.