Lifestyle services can have a significant impact on resident health and wellbeing, and as the sector becomes more consumer directed, what providers offer can become a determining factor in financial viability.
Men make up only 10 per cent of the community care workforce, but some argue there is scope to double, if not triple, that number, as the notion of caring as ‘women’s work’ is challenged.
A study will deliver education to residential aged care staff to help them respond to and support the sexuality and sexual expression of people living with dementia.
An award-winning documentary filmmaker has turned his hand to capturing the stories of older Australians and those living with dementia in short films designed as mementos for families.
Labor has committed to review the Aged Care Funding Instrument if elected, but said it is not in the position to reverse the government’s funding changes – a statement peak bodies have challenged.
With the number of people living with dementia in retirement villages expected to increase as people elect to age in place, a new collaboration aims to give operators practical assistance in developing supports.
PROFILE: Jeannine Lew, social work manager at Montefiore Home, is passionate about what social workers bring to aged care, not only in providing emotional support for residents, families and staff, but in acting as residents’ advocates.
A new study will trial a program aimed at guiding residential aged care providers through the approach and organisational change required to effectively deliver consumer directed care, with hopes results will serve as a model to government.
The Aged Care Guild has said successive budgetary changes are undermining positive impacts of reform, and has commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to review the impact of changes to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) announced in the 2016-17 budget.
As Australia marks National Volunteer Week, aged care providers across the country have recognised the contribution of volunteers who generously donate their time to assist their organisations.
Supporting the consumer’s right to make decisions and take risks while balancing duty of care has been an ongoing issue for providers. Managing both effectively requires honest and open communication, policy processes and thorough documentation, a recent conference has heard.
A new report has urged government to develop national action plans to tackle employment discrimination faced by older Australians, and establish a Minster for Longevity to address the economic implications of an ageing population.
As all community care providers are now required to adopt a wellness and reablement approach and the government’s expansion of restorative care kicks off mid-year, a few providers share their journeys so far.
Peak bodies have expressed disappointment that reform proposals recommended in the recent Aged Care Roadmap did not feature in last night’s budget, while Alzheimer’s Australia said the budget had overlooked the need for further investment in dementia care.