Christadelphian Aged Care has welcomed a new Chief Clinical Officer into the organisation to ensure we meet the changing needs of our residents.

Gaynor Squillacioti is a highly skilled manager with experience across an array of health sectors, and has primary accountability for delivering outstanding clinical care through the effective direction and support of our senior clinical teams.

She has already facilitated a new clinical restructure, that has placed eight additional clinical managers across the organisation to enhance care delivery to our residents.

“The age of residents coming into aged care has increased, but equally so we’re living longer and acquiring more illnesses along the way. The more illnesses people have, the more knowledge and skill-sets the nurses and carers have to have in order the meet their needs safely,’ she said.

This means upskilling our existing staff, and recruiting the right expertise to ensure our sustainability into the future, Gaynor said.

“Every decision we make as a clinical team and as an organisation must benefit the residents. We want families to truly trust what we’re doing, and have reassurance that their loved one could not be in a better place.”

Working alongside Gaynor is Corey Salmon, who has been appointed General Manager, Quality and Compliance.
This role is increasingly important as changes to accreditation standards come into effect next year.

“The changes to the standards mean we carry on doing what we’ve always done, which is care with compassion and kindness, but we also have to meet increasing clinical needs. So because our clinical needs are changing, the standards have increased in that area,” Gaynor said.

The upcoming Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was an opportunity to highlight what we were achieving as an organisation, she said.

“It’s about looking at what we have done, looking at what we have achieved, and looking what we can do. So it’s a positive opportunity for us to really stand out as an organisation and say we’re already ahead.”

Technology is also changing within the industry, and the organisation is embracing new innovations to make life easier and safer for residents and staff.

Our care systems are undergoing a major upgrade to make our care assessment processes for residents more informed and robust.

CAC is also looking at initiatives such as electronic pharmacy, to make the distribution of medications more efficient.
The spiritual needs of our residents and families will also continue to be a priority through pastoral care.

“Sometimes when families are scared and vulnerable, it’s not a nurse that they need to hold their hand. It’s someone who can really understand the spiritual journey and the emotional needs that they’re experiencing at that time,’ Gaynor said.

“It’s not just the mission statement on the wall, residents and families can actually feel what we want to achieve, and are comforted in the knowledge that their loved one is safe because they are being looked after by a community where residents always come first.”