Community consultation leads to new name for SWHMC
Hudson House, Sir William Hudson Memorial Centre |
Following community consultation and a public vote, Respect recently announced that the name of the Sir William Hudson Memorial Centre (SWHMC) home in Cooma will be updated to Hudson House.
Earlier this year, Hudson House became the 20th aged care home to join Respect, a 100-year-old organisation dedicated to serving older people across Australia, through its high standard of care and community involvement.
As part of the integration, Respect recently reached out to the home’s staff, residents and their families – as well as the home’s community in Cooma more broadly – seeking their input around the prospect of updating and modernising the home’s name.
Jason Binder, Managing Director and CEO of Respect, said the updated name not only signals an exciting new chapter for the home, but it also acknowledges and pays respect to the home’s history and culture.
“We reached out to the community because we wanted to modernise the name, with the utmost respect to the legacy and history of Sir William Hudson,” Mr Binder said.
“With this in mind, we encouraged modernised name suggestions from staff and residents that referenced Sir William Hudson, and we then called on all stakeholders, including the local community, to have their say through an online survey.
“It was important too that we gave survey participants an opportunity to vote for the home’s existing name as well.”
Mr Binder said the most pleasing thing about the endeavour was the buy-in from the local community and being able to put them at the forefront of leading the change.
“The whole renaming process was a great opportunity to engage with our residents and their families, staff, as well as community stakeholders, and put them at the centre of the decision-making process,” he said.
“However, regardless of its new name, we appreciate what the home has come to represent for the Cooma community and broader Snowy Monaro region. First and foremost is the service provided to residents, and we recognise the important role that the home has played for so many families across the community.
“We’re committed to continuing that culture of care and respect, and we look forward to ensuring Hudson House remains a wonderful place for our residents to live.”