148 aged care visitation assistants trained as part of LASA initiative

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Earlier this month, we reported that the Government was looking to increase the number of visitors in Victorian aged care homes through its Residential Aged Care Visitor Assistants (RACVAs) program – and the program is already finding success.

The programme, developed by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), in partnership with Altura Learning and DASH Group recruitment, places the workers in homes for up to eight weeks, and is designed to alleviate stress on the facility’s workers.

The programme has seen 148 people – many flight attendants that had been stood down during COVID including Louise Mathers (pictured right) – trained and out on placement.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said the visitation assistants will provide a critical service, especially as more visitation is allowed between families and residents.

“While it is critical to maintain the safety of residents, it is also important to facilitate family and friends visits in a safe way as the rate of COVID-19 cases decline throughout the country,” he said.

“This is about providing the most vulnerable members of our community with continuity of care, through supporting care professionals.”

Employers and RACVA candidates can register here.


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