An Australian first for Tatura’s nursing home

By Morgan Dyer

Tatura's Moyola Lodge residents suffering from dementia will benefit from a new multi-stimulating chair.

The facility was the first aged care home in Australia to buy the Wellness Nordic Relax Chair, which is designed to calm the behaviours of people living with dementia and Alzheimer's.

Myola executive administration assistant Gabby Cornwall said the chair improved the mood of residents through gentle rocking, massage and music.

“We had a two-week trial of the chair last year and we saw a massive improvement to our residents’ moods,” Ms Cornwall said.

“We knew then we would really benefit from one."

Since the trial, the nursing home has tirelessly fundraised to make the chair a permanent fixture.

The facility received an $8000 grant from the Greater Shepparton Foundation and $4000 from Tatura’s Ladies Auxiliary.

Greater Shepparton Foundation chief executive Cheryl Hammer said the foundation understood the importance of the chair to the facility.

“The foundation saw this as a way to support our aged community and do something very innovative in the space of dementia and Alzheimer's,” Ms Hammer said.

“It’s one of the most challenging health issues at the moment.

“This is more like a hand up not a hand out."

The chair will directly benefit 12 dementia patients at the facility, but also the wider residential community at Myola Lodge.

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