Our November Ozheart Michele Roche makes it clear that she wants to challenge the way diversional therapy is delivered in aged care.
Perceiving her role at Ozanam Villa Burleigh Heads as much more than delivering bingo and concerts, Michele believes residents want to learn and she wants to be the one to teach them.
Michele is the mastermind behind an innovative new program where residents of Ozanam Villa Burleigh Heads visit Japan for one day every month without even leaving their sitting room.
Utilising Skype, Michele links the facility up with seniors at Alice House Aged Care Residence in Nagoya, where they sing songs, read poetry, and learn about each other’s culture.
Not only is the activity promoting friendship and culture, it’s also providing motivation and inspiration for residents in their art and music sessions as they diligently work to make things to show their new friends, and sparking new ideas for activities such as a club to learn basic Japanese phrases.
Being a diversional therapist is a demanding but rewarding role, and one that requires a warm, friendly, and energetic personality, which is how the residents and staff of Ozanam Villa describe Michele.
Michele works tirelessly, often in her own time, to develop her programs, research best practice and access external opportunities, for both the residents and her team. She lives the values of Ozcare and promotes our organisation and her facility at every opportunity.
Like all our diversional therapists, her leisure and lifestyle program work to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and it is evident she is passionate about providing her residents with the best experiences and opportunities, whether for the whole facility or for individual residents.
Michele, congratulations on being a very worthy Ozheart and thank you for your outstanding work.