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GERATEC’S person-centred approach extends beyond the person who needs support. We believe passionately in training and developing care partners who help us deliver our services. Our aim is to maximise performance and through development, yield tangible, measurable results to improve the lives of the employee and the people with whom they interact.
We develop skills and talents from within our partner organisations, drawing on existing experience.
Our flexible training methods allow us to address the specific needs of the individual, providing appropriate and tailor skills training that can be conducted on-site or off-site.

Can Special Diets meals be tasty Appealing and Nutritious?
It is crucial for special diets to be tasty, appealing and nutritious, as the person eating these meals often has limited choices, decreased appetite and compromised nutritional status. GERATEC employs dedicated dietitians who visit all food service units to ensure that best practices are correctly followed and meals are nutritious, as per specification.
Clients receive daily “taste plates” to ensure continuous quality and delicious food. Special diet adaptations are made from the full diet menu food items which brings greater variety for the individual with special dietary needs. As the pictures illustrate, we make extra effort with the presentation of texture modified diets.

Why should we invest in the health and well-being of our employees?
There is now clear evidence that creating a caring workplace equals better performance and better support and care for residents. A growing body of research shows that a workplace that cares about its employees fosters positive engagement with co-workers and improved service delivery. Engagement is driven, in large part, by knowing that the person you report to, i.e. your immediate supervisor, genuinely cares about you as a person, values your contributions, and supports your success.
When employees are engaged with their jobs and their colleagues, they work harder, smarter, with a positive attitude that directly benefits those they support and care for. Research confirms that compassionate workplaces have lower stress levels, healthier employees and therefore less absenteeism, reducing the need for costly, and often inexperienced replacement labour. We see greater focus and higher productivity, more loyalty and commitment, and therefore increased retention. Combined, these factors contribute to building and maintaining a person-centered community.

What is a wellness programme and what are its benefits?
The greatest benefit of a wellness programme is that it helps the individual adopt and maintain healthy behaviours. For care partners (including employees) healthy behaviours lower health risks, and this lessens the chance of chronic diseases. Healthy employees are more engaged and able to provide their services with more energy and a positive attitude – a direct benefit for the person they are assisting.
By empowering residents as part of a Wellness Programme through information sessions and the sharing of information, informed decisions can be made about health matters. This may reduce incidents and accidents and contribute to maintaining the autonomy of the individual.

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