An innovative tool is helping aged care residents living with dementia
to be heard, and make their end of life journey meaningful to them.
Not-for-profit aged and disability organisation Villa Maria
Catholic Homes (VMCH) has seen some excellent results for residents with
dementia since using the screening tool this year.
Developed by national peak body Meaningful Ageing Australia, and
based on the work of Dr. Julie Fletcher, ConnecTo is a flexible spiritual
screening tool used by pastoral care practitioners at VMCH to measure what gives
a person’s life meaning and purpose, by identifying their spiritual and social
VMCH pastoral care practitioner Sr. Lorraine Testa has made the
ConnecTo tool more accessible for people living with dementia, by using iimages
and behavioural observations. More
information on this new tool can be found here.