In 2012, we began the journey of re-imagining our values to reflect what residents, clients, families, employees and volunteers care about most. What followed was six months of focus groups, working groups and in-depth interviews with over 280 people in the Arcare Community. Together we created the following values and statements of recognition:
We recognise the emotional, physical and financial investment associated with joining a new community. We are committed to nurturing an environment where people feel emotionally and physically secure and supported.
We recognise and honour the depth of experience and meaning in the lives of all community members, and commit to being perceptive and supportive of their sensitivities, hopes and desires.
Our values have been collectively developed by and for our diverse community in recognition of our interdependence. These living values statements will continue to develop as our diverse community grows –
We believe that fostering open and respectful relationships is the most important thing that we do.
Positive and respectful relationships develop when we connect on an emotional level, and these connections develop through our everyday interactions and sharing with each other.
Through sharing our stories and ourselves we are able to recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of every person.
Getting to know the uniqueness and strengths of each community member enables us to support who they were, who they are, and who they hope to be.
We commit to listening to each other, sharing information, and respecting one another’s choices.
Partnerships that empower people are based on understanding and respecting what really matters to each other, and we believe that vibrant communities develop when all voices in the partnership are heard and valued.
We commit to nurturing people, new ideas and personal growth by remaining flexible and open to possibilities.
We believe that people thrive and continue to grow when they have the freedom to be themselves, and that maintaining a spirit of flexibility and spontaneity enables us to embrace the special moments and endless possibilities that real life brings.