High School Students Soon to Study with Elderly

While we’ve all looked to an older family member to help us out with homework, high school students could shortly be trying to find a tutor five times their age if Onkaparinga Council allows a Morphett Vale aged care centre’s unprecedented redevelopment plans.

Kalyra Woodcroft Aged Care last month lodged an application to manoeuvre two high school classrooms to its location and change an old building in a workplace into a neighborhood school.

The programs are a part of a greater than $20 million redevelopment of the Woodcroft Drive facility to be constructed in phases over a two-year interval, which is predicted to begin in mid-July.

Kalyra Communities chief Executive Sarah Blunt didn’t need to disclose the school it had been in talks with however, but explained three year levels could be taught at the site.

She explained that it would give pupils and maintenance centre residents the opportunity to teach each other a variety of abilities, such as music, cooking and art, while also improving resident health outcomes through more engagement and assistance in activities such as alternating therapy. The idea was supported while the center’s manager of maintenance clarified its redevelopment aims to some family touring the location.

The centre held a community Appointment session last month to judge people’s interest.

Mrs Blunt stated the 40 individuals who Attended were impressed with the thought despite worries regarding parking and improved traffic, that she said could be addressed. The entire idea apparently struck a chord with locals who attended believes Mrs Blunt, she continued to say,

“It’s really exciting, and for us, it brings life and youth into (the centre) so we all get something from it.”

Within Australia, a co-location like this has not been built before and the appeal only gets more exciting as a community hub could be built as it is included in this redevelopment, that has already been accepted by the council.

In many ways this would allow the redevelopment to create a small-scale shopping mall with a cafe, hairdresser and beautician, which may also provide students the chance to learn job skills.

This is not the first program to utilise high school students to aid the elderly; Pupils from Tallangatta Secondary College in North East Victoria helped elderly members of their community by answering their technology related questions.

The workshops called gizmo Workshops aim to help students become involved with the community and give their understanding of an area which comes naturally to them.

Karla Lambeth, 66, from Tallangatta Health Service arrived at the workshop to find out how to use various mechanics on Facebook.

Another initiative similar to the redevelopment was also undertaken on a smaller scale three years back in Queensland. A partnership involving an aged care Service along with a Toowoomba country high school provided pupils a ‘real world’ comprehension of aged care and the chance to create friendships with seniors.

While many of their peers where trying to find a year 12 tutor to get through QCS’ , several year 12 students from Toowoomba State High School spent two times each week in Lutheran Community Care’s (LCC) Northridge Salem aged care support in Toowoomba as a portion of the social and community research class.


The program was created with their instructor together with LCC’s Northridge Salem employees,  and covered topics like dementia, disease control, fall prevention training and workplace health and safety.

Each pupil was also paired with a resident and given the task of getting to know them.

Ahead of the venture started, Northridge Salem team visited the college and talked with the pupils about what they might expect to experience during their visits.

Justine Brunner, Northridge Salem diversional therapist, states the 18 pupils have impressed employees and citizens using their caring approach.

All residents who consented to participate were paired with two students and they created a real rapport within the eight-week interval, many staff of the facility stated it was, “beautiful to watch”.

The high school students were required to finish a comprehensive study of their resident’s lifestyle. However it was noted over this period that students did not just concentrate on the resident, they interacted with every one of the residents and put in extra effort to get to know them and make them smile.

Some pupils had no previous experience with dementia.

Many faced a large learning curve, but each of them managed with all students completing the program

Residents were also believed to flourish during the program, with many ensuring their one on one time with students were preserved through protective behaviours.

Underlying the Eden Alternative (an advanced model which originated in America and underscores the significance of supplying aged care Inhabitants a home-like environment) kids play a crucial role in the Lives of seniors.

Hopefully evidence from these past initiatives is enough to get approval for the new facility redevelopment in South Australia, the benefits for both students and the elderly are plenty.