Canterbury Close, our aged care facility at Elizabeth East, has been awarded a national Better Practice Award by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) for its PIE (Positive Interactive Engagement) program.

These awards recognise programs that demonstrate best practice in Australian aged care.

PIE is a structured after hours activity program developed by Canterbury Close staff to provide connection, stimulation, routine and positive triggers for residents with dementia in the Memory Support Unit. It is based on Alzheimer’s Association research and Montessori principles and increases interaction and engagement and reduces unsettled behaviour in the evenings and at times of reduced activities.

Virginia Matthews, AACQA Acting State Director SA/NT, presented Canterbury Close Manager Stephanie Brown and her team with the prestigious award at a special afternoon tea event to celebrate the win. Bruce Linn, AnglicareSA Board Chair, praised the team for their innovation, care and creativity.

Congratulations to all those involved in the design and successful implementation of such a valuable and innovative program.

AACQA is the independent body responsible for managing the accreditation and ongoing supervision of Commonwealth funded aged care homes.