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A residential aged care facility for men and women who have a background of homelessness, a psychiatric disability and/or an alcohol related brain injury. Long term accommodation.

Overview

Prague House is a low level aged care facility which provides accommodation and care for both men and woman who are socially and financially disadvantaged.

Prague House is a new purpose built facility that has 45 permanent residents.

Objectives

  • To provide a warm, safe and happy environment where men and women who require a home are cared for and where their privacy and individuality are respected.
  • To maintain the personal dignity and independence of residents.
  • To provide an atmosphere of harmony, justice and mutual respect between management, staff and residents.
  • To offer opportunities to attend activities at Day Centres and other community facilities.

Funding

Prague House depends on Government subsidies, residents’ fees and donations to cover the cost of services provided by the hostel.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Prague House is to respond to the needs of older people who could otherwise be homeless.

We assist our residents to live comfortably and contentedly in a secure and peaceful environment.  We are committed to providing holistic care, which enhances the dignity of each person.

Embracing the values of the Sisters of Charity Health Service we are committed to a team approach.  This
is expressed in a way, which promotes collaboration, advocacy and partnerships.  We also seek to identify and address emerging needs of disadvantaged people.

Prospective Residents

Prospective Residents are encouraged to visit Prague House, share a meal and to talk with staff and residents about life here.

Formal Agreement

Each resident is offered a formal agreement, which clearly sets out the rights and responsibilities of each party.  Details of fees are contained in this agreement.

Criteria for Admission

  • The person has experienced homelessness or is at serious risk of homelessness.
  • Has been assessed as requiring low level care by an Aged Care Assessment Service

There is usually a fortnight’s trial period to enable the resident and Prague House staff to assess whether Prague House is suitable.

Accommodation

All rooms are single, the majority of rooms have a shared ensuite.   

Each resident has the use of a bed, bedside locker (with lockable top drawer), a chair and a built in robe. All rooms have a television provided.

Residents may bring some of their own furniture and fittings by agreement with the facilities management.

Community lounge and multi-purpose areas are provided for use by residents and their visitors.  Contact with family and friends is encouraged.

Prayer Room

The Chapel is inter-denominational.  The Catholic Chaplain visits each Sunday.

Care Services

Personal Care Assistants can help, if necessary with:

  • Dressing and Grooming
  • Personal hygiene, bathing and bed making
  • Laundry cleaning
  • Nutritional Care
  • Ambulation
  • Administration of medications

Assistance with financial affairs and shopping is available if required.

A Podiatrist, Physiotherapist, Hairdresser and Exercise Therapist visit regularly.  Residents are treated by a Medical Practitioner of their choice.

If the residents own doctor is unable to attend the hostel, an alternative local doctor may be selected.

Meals

Three meals are provided each day as well as morning and afternoon tea and supper.

Meals are usually served in a community dining room.

Particular dietary needs are catered for by the catering staff.

Activites

The Staff arrange opportunities for residents to participate in a variety of activities and experiences of interest to them.  These may be at Prague House or in the local community.  These activities are designed to promote their psychological, social and physical well being by encouraging self-esteem, personal fulfilment and creativity.

Prague House has a variety of pets including dogs, a cat, fish and birds.

Security

A staff member is on call 24 hours a day to provide assistance when needed.

A call-bell system near each residents bed and in the ensuites means contact can be maintained with staff members at all times.

For further information contact http://www.svhm.org.au/infoabout/svh/praguehouse.htm