Specialised Care for Holocaust Survivors
Close to 40% of our residents are Holocaust survivors with unique care needs. As they age, the combination of ageing and being a survivor contribute to a potentially difficult period in their lives. We recognise that this means that many of our residents can suffer from late onset post-traumatic stress syndrome or triggers and anxiety related disorders. In the case of residents with dementia, whose short-term memory fades, these adverse responses are intensified.
Specialised training including guided tours of the Sydney Jewish Museum by a Holocaust survivor has been developed for Montefiore staff to contextualise and address the specific care needs of Holocaust survivors, ensuring that we deliver the optimal balance of professionalism and care. Over the years, the Home has received multiple national awards for its staff training on working with ageing Holocaust survivors.