Although we have not yet seen a significant change in how residents pay their fees, we are expecting a shift in the short term and potentially a major change in the future, writes Martin Jones.
A group of 20 aged care CEOs from across Australia is currently in Canberra lobbying MPs on the key challenges facing the broad aged services sector ahead of the Federal Budget in May.
The tendency to look for quick-fix solutions has fuelled the overuse of antipsychotics in dementia care but a shift away from pharmacological interventions in aged care is now underway, according to experts.
ANALYSIS: Greater consumer choice is bringing opportunities and challenges for the retirement living operators. Andrew Giles outlines five fundamental changes shaping the sector.
Dr Margaret MacAndrew, a nursing lecturer and former aged care nurse, spent hours following residents with dementia as they wandered, to see where they go and what they do. Her surprising findings will be used to develop a new intervention.
With accessing aged care traditionally likened to "navigating a maze", a key goal of the current reforms was to simplify and streamline the system for consumers. But there is debate over whether the new financial arrangements in particular have had ...
AUDIO: All aged care organisations are open to a crisis and risk damage to brand and reputation if they are not prepared to respond immediately when a crisis hits. Here, an expert makes the case for providers to act now.
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Not-for-profit providers are no better at meeting accreditation standards than for-profit providers and ownership type has “no discernible” impact on passing accreditation, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has said.
Australia needs a national telehealth plan to improve health outcomes and save health dollars and it must include the needs of rural, remote and indigenous communities from inception, says a rural emergency room doctor.
Aged care providers and policy makers are working with a limited understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse seniors, with a new stocktake of research highlighting gaps that need to be addressed to ensure appropriate service provision for this growing group.
Leading Age Services Australia has intensified its push for a merger with mission-based peak Aged and Community Services Australia, with chair Dr Graeme Blackman telling a state conference the lack of a unified provider peak was “harming” industry advocacy.
The view that one voice speaking to governments and communities would be stronger misses a fundamental point – diversity and inclusion is far more powerful than homogenised, single monopolies, writes Dr Lucy Morris.
Aged care CEOs should look to military leadership for lessons that might help them in dealing with the significant disruptive change their organisations are increasingly facing, according to a strategy and risk consultant.
In this wrap: Churches of Christ launches Cyclone Pam appeal; conference to tackle taboos on sex and ageing; collaborative approach to bolster staff learning; project to develop aged care resources for deafblindness.
Legislating ratios and retaining state-owned aged care facilities are key policy platforms for the new Labor Government in Victoria. But is it good policy? Natasha Egan reports.
Professionals working in aged care are being encouraged to sign up for a free online multidisciplinary course described as “TED Talks on fire” that aims to challenge what it means to age well now and in the future.