Dance Health Alliance™ runs facilitated programs run by experienced dance professionals in care homes specifically designed for residents. These programs are called DanceWise™.

Specifically designed for people living with all types of Dementia and their carers, the sessions include brain training, memory stimulation, creative inclusion, physical activity, and social interaction. All neatly packaged under the umbrella of Dance! Accompanied by an eclectic and age-appropriate playlist, the DanceWise programme stimulates people who would believe their days of connection and creativity were over.

Various options are available depending on the needs of the attendees – whether still very mobile or requiring more care and assistance.

We also run training sessions for care home staff to give them an understanding of the main structure, needs of patients when dancing and ways to support between classes. We can come to you and run a short overview session or your staff can attend our two-day training course for physical therapists, nurses, movement therapists, care partners and people interested in supporting their own healing.

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DanceWise Care Home Classes

1 hour – Prices Vary.

Classes are available throughout Australia. Please contact us for pricing, contract terms and requirements.

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Dance Health Alliance™ through the Dancewise™ program helps aged services to meet the following Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Accreditation Previous Standards & NEW Aged Care Quality Standards.

The quality standards are made up of eight individual standards:

  • Consumer dignity and choice
  • Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers
  • Personal care and clinical care
  • Services and supports for daily living
  • Organisation’s service environment
  • Feedback and complaints
  • Human resources
  • Organisational governance.

The Dance Health Alliance meets the following individual standards:

Standard 3 – Personal Care and Clinical Care

“Each consumer gets safe and effective personal care, clinical care, or both personal care and clinical care, that:

(i) Is best practice; and

(ii) tailored to their needs; and

(iii) optimises their health and well-being.”

Standard 4 – Services and Supports for daily living

  1. “Each consumer gets safe and effective services and supports for daily living that meet the consumer’s needs, goals and preferences and optimise their independence, health, well-being and quality of life.”

2.3 Education and staff development
Management and staff have appropriate knowledge and skills to perform their roles effectively.

2.6 Other health and related services
Care recipients are referred to appropriate health specialists in accordance with the care recipient’s needs and preferences.

2.8 Pain management
All care recipients are as free as possible from pain.

2.13 Behavioural management
The needs of care recipients with challenging behaviours are managed effectively.

2.14 Mobility, dexterity and rehabilitation
Optimum levels of mobility and dexterity are achieved for all care recipients.

2.16 Sensory loss
Care recipients’ sensory losses are identified and managed effectively.

Standard 3 Care Recipient Lifestyle
Principle: Care recipients retain their personal, civic, legal and consumer rights, and are assisted to achieve active control of their own lives within the residential care service and in the community.

3.1 Continuous improvement

3.2 Regulatory compliance

3.3 Emotional support

3.4 Independence

3.5 Leisure interests and activities

3.6 Cultural and spiritual life

3.7 Choice and decision-making

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“The DanceWise program has been a huge hit both with our residents and staff. It has been proven to be both safe, fun and effective, with some residents and their allied health specialists reporting significant improvements in balance and coordination. It is also a great social opportunity and is currently one of our most popular programs. Staff too have really appreciated the training and additional skills and it has increased job satisfaction amongst our leisure and lifestyle teams. The fact that staff can be trained to run the program makes it sustainable and means for an organisation like Whiddon, that delivers services to regional, rural and remote areas, that we can offer this great program to all of our residents.”

KARN NELSON - EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER STRATEGY & INNOVATION • THE WHIDDON GROUP