The Independent Living Centre WA is proud to be the recipient of the 2015 ‘Age Friendly Community Award’.
Significantly, the Award was presented on International Day of Older Persons (1 October) at an event that celebrated the 30th anniversary of the WA Seniors Awards with the theme ‘Love Later Life’; and was hosted by COTA WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities.
The WA Seniors Awards acknowledge the important contribution of seniors to the community, as well as those who work to improve the lives of older West Australians.
The ‘Age Friendly Community Award’ recognises a community organisation that delivers services to improve opportunities for seniors.
The ILC won the award for its provision of new and innovative services to support seniors to live independently and safely in their homes and stay connected to their community.
In particular, the award acknowledged the opening of ILC Cockburn, which features a ‘smart home’ display, enabling seniors to engage with an occupational therapist and to see, trial and experience smart home technology, assistive equipment and home modifications in an apartment style living environment.
In addition to a smart home automation setup, the display includes products such as ovens with side opening doors, modern grab rails in a bathroom setting and everyday appliances that give individuals independence and confidence to continue to live at home.
ILC Executive Director Gerri Clay said this award was great recognition for the highly valued service that the ILC offers and needs to continue to provide in the future.
“With the aged care sector undergoing significant reform and a shift towards consumer directed care, there is a need to provide seniors with information using methods that encourage self direction.
“The traditional image of aged care is often associated with residential aged care; this is no longer the case with most people wanting to stay independent, in their home and connected to family and community,” said Ms Clay.
“Many homes are not well designed to meet the changing needs of people as they age. When areas of the home start becoming a barrier to doing everyday activities comfortably and safely then it is a good time to look at how assistive equipment, home modifications and smart home technologies can help a person adapt and overcome these difficulties.
“Following on from research undertaken over the past two years, the ILC has been able to develop new ways to provide not only information and advice about assistive equipment, technology and home modifications, but to commence a service where we can help people to choose, obtain and confidently use the right equipment and technology,” she said.
Pictured above are ILC Executive Director Gerri Clay and ILC Founder Freda Jacob who were pleased to receive the award from the Hon Tony Simpson MLA and were in good company standing alongside the WA Seniors Champion Award winner Brother Olly Pickett, one of a number of worthy finalists acknowledged for their tremendous contribution to our community.
ILC’s mission is to guide people’s choices to access assistive technology and services for independence and wellbeing.