Residential aged care providers should look at introducing additional services in order to cover the funding shortfalls in everyday living expenses and care, a leading consultant says.
Cooperation among aged care, mental health and domestic violence services is needed given increasing rates of intimate partner violence among seniors, experts say.
Work is already underway within government on the Australian Law Reform Commission’s proposals, says Age Discrimination Commissioner Kay Patterson.
Findings will inform the new taskforce charged with developing a workforce strategy, to be established in July, says minister.
As residential providers look to adopt consumer directed care, a community care executive says engaging with seniors about what they want and value can be most beneficial.
Lengthy inquiry recommends consideration of nursing requirements, publication of staff ratios and efforts to tackle pay in aged care.
Seniors and legal centres call for government to enact new elder abuse recommendations while aged care providers say report will inform ongoing reviews.
Australia’s law reform body has recommended strengthening protections for seniors in aged care including a more extensive scheme for reporting and investigating alleged incidents.
An Australian-first training program to implement consumer directed care in residential aged care facilities has been shown to improve resident wellbeing.
Also in this wrap: Matt Durston appointed Allocate Software’s new general manager for Australia and New Zealand.
The government will next week release a key review into Australia’s laws protecting older people from abuse that could see sweeping changes to mandatory reporting of alleged assaults in aged care.
The government has launched a campaign to raise awareness of My Aged Care amid ongoing confusion among seniors about the latest reforms.
Alzheimer’s Australia says the World Health Organization’s international agreement this week highlights need for the Federal Government to adopt a national dementia strategy.
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has heard from experts about how to address the current exclusion of residents from subsidised psychological services but there is no timeline for action, department officials say.