04 May 2016
News Category: 
Patient and health stories

When memories fade, the staff at nursing home, Merv Irvine, are helping to keep the special times alive. 

Residents of Merv Irvine Nursing Home and their My Story albums with Nurse Manager Wendy Wallace (left) and Clinical Charge Nurse, Dyesebel Dinglasan

My Story, is a pictorial book of a resident’s time at the high care residential home, Merv Irvine Nursing Home.

Merv Irvine’s Nurse Unit Manager, Wendy Wallace, said the catalyst of My Story was the realisation that when the resident left the home, either due to transfer or death, there was nothing tangible for the resident or family or carers about their time at the nursing home.

“My Story starts the moment a resident is admitted to Merv Irvine and we gather information about the resident to help us understand their life up to that point,” explained Wendy.

“The story is captured as it happens in an album format, for the resident or their family/ carer. This album is not only used to engage families and the resident throughout their time in the home, but it is also given as a gift on discharge.

“Given the complexities of the patients we have living at Merv Irvine, it’s a fantastic feeling to give them something that reflects the time they have spent here, even if they can’t recall it – the photos tell the story.”

Merv Irvine Nursing Home is a 30-bed high care residential nursing home for people with complex behavioural issues, like dementia.

The “My Story” books to date have been an overwhelming success and the home has had wonderful heartfelt feedback from those who have received a “my story” album. The financial cost is negligible and the staff have embraced the project whole heartedly and manage their time to ensure this project continues.

Wendy added that families and carers have expressed that they feel more connected with their loved one and the home.

“My Story continues to connect residents, representatives and staff in a meaningful way which has long lasting memorial consequences during a time when many are grieving, experiencing overwhelming loss and feeling isolated as they adjust to a journey not planned or travelled before.”

Pictured: Residents of Merv Irvine Nursing Home and their My Story albums with Nurse Manager Wendy Wallace (left) and Clinical Charge Nurse, Dyesebel Dinglasan

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