One of our newest recovery coaches here at One Good* Day, Mimi, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her from her work with a few key adult prevention and recovery care (PARC) services across Victoria.
So we thought we’d take a moment to welcome Mimi and give you an insight into why PARC services are so valuable when it comes to psychosocial disability and recovery.
What is adult prevention and recovery care (PARC)?
Adult prevention and recovery care (PARC) are short term, 24/7, community-based services designed to offer supported residential assistance to adults experiencing mental health challenges that don’t need hospitalisation.
As a voluntary program, one of the main goals of PARC is to support an individual’s independence and recovery. Participants can stay for up to one month (the average is 14 days) and it’s a great opportunity to reflect and recover in a structured environment that focuses on peer connection and therapeutic support.
What are the benefits of PARC?
One of the main benefits of PARC is that it can be a circuit breaker for someone experiencing distress and can prevent hospitalisation. We sat down and asked recovery coach Mimi what, in her experience, are some of the benefits of PARC.
1. It builds simple life skills
A typical day in a PARC centre involves a morning meeting where chores are assigned, like cooking and cleaning, plus group therapy twice daily. Chores are rotated each day and participants get the opportunity to refresh life skills that may have become difficult while they’ve been struggling to cope.
2. It reconnects people with their local community
While each participant is assigned a program worker for 1:1 therapy, they’re also supported to find other services in their local community for when they decide to go home. This is an important step because during their stay the emphasis isn’t on unpacking an individual’s trauma, but rather on building confidence and putting them on the path to healing. Connecting participants with a therapist and other supporting services, like volunteering, so that they can continue their journey back home.
3. It fosters accountability and socialisation
PARC services are created to be social and keep participants accountability for their goals and how to achieve them. However, if someone doesn’t want to join in, they aren’t pushed, but they will often be discharged after two weeks.
“Some clients have been hiding away in their homes and they’ve forgotten how to talk to people,” Mimi explains. “You see big changes socially because it forces them, in a gentle way, to get out and be social.”
4. It offers support to families
The participants’ families can often feel alone or like they’re a burden, which is why PARC services also offer them the chance to connect to support close to home. Family therapists are counsellors can often assist in bridging the gap for participants and their families during and after their stay.
Two great organisations to explore in this space are Wellways and Mind Australia. If you or someone you know would like more information or need assistance finding PARC services, please contact us at One Good* Day – our Recovery Coaches can support you in your mental wellness journey.