The largest and most rigorous social robot study ever undertaken has shown a positive albeit modest effect on agitation in people with dementia, according to the lead researcher.
The food budgets of Australian residential aged care facilities are dwindling while money spent on nutritional supplements is increasing, according to new analysis.
A co-operative model could work well for rural and remote aged care providers, a former aged care CEO tells Australian Ageing Agenda.
Fax machines are still used widely in aged care, challenging a new push from government to replace them with electronic messaging in the broader health sector.
Palliative and end-of-life care in residential facilities improves residents’ quality of life and saves public money through reduced use of ambulance and hospital services, but take up remains low, new economic analysis shows.
The notion that aged care quality will be driven by consumers making choices and exercising control has not been demonstrated overseas, write Michael Fine and Beatriz Cardona.
National advocacy body Painaustralia is calling for pain treatment practices in aged care to be overhauled including the adequate funding of pain assessments.
Aged care peak organisations and some large providers have expressed concern at the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s plan to charge operators to conduct annual unannounced spot checks on them.
Staffing ratios and funding arrangements are among key challenges to replicating the Dutch dementia village model locally, says an Australian aged care consultancy engaged to explore its adaptation.
A specialist primary care service with a staff of 40 general practitioners is improving medical access and services to over 4,000 aged care residents in 50 facilities around Australia.
Outcomes for residents with dementia living in a Montessori environment include improved self-esteem and more independence, says an expert in Montessori-based care models.
Dementia Training Australia has launched an online learning platform featuring short and flexible courses designed to help time-poor aged care staff complete the training.
A multi-sector partnership will develop a residential facility designed to recreate real-life experiences for people with dementia.
A point-of-care assessment app designed to help detect pain in people with dementia has gained approval for use as a medical device in Australia and Europe.