Uniting Aged Care Tasmania

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Uniting Aged Care (now known as Uniting Age Well) continues the Uniting Church in Australia’s long history of providing care to older people. The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania established Uniting Aged Care in Victoria in 2004 to bring together all the individual agencies that had been developed by local presbyteries over the last 30-40 years. By January 2005, the Church’s Tasmanian aged care facilities joined the organisation forming Uniting Aged Care Victoria & Tasmania. In 2009/10, as an organisation of Uniting Church, the Board of Uniting Aged Care produced a Theological Statement on Ageing. That statement outlines the basis of the Church’s commitment to aged care and enunciates Uniting Aged Care’s responsibilities towards older people in our society. Uniting Aged Care Tasmania prepares and packages 1500 meals daily for older Australians, which are delivered to their homes by Meals on Wheels volunteers. This service is also available to people of any age with a disability, various health issues, or who have special needs.

To greatly improve the in home dining experience the Tasmanian Community Fund provided $80 000 in Grant Round 26 to enable Uniting Aged Care Tasmania to purchase two Oliver Sealing Systems. The systems, one installed in the south and the other in north, make home delivered meals more appealing, easier to handle for recipients and enable more meal options to be offered.

Prior to applying to the Fund for support, Uniting Aged Care trialled the Oliver Sealing System in the southern Tasmania with loan machines to determine the effectiveness and quality of the product produced. The trial provided positive feedback from recipients and volunteers. This feedback encouraged Uniting Aged Care to seek funding support for two machines and to commit to investing organisational funds in updating electrical equipment in the two kitchens. The positive feedback, from users and recipients, has continued since the installation of the two new machines.