Despite myriad barriers, ongoing education is the best way to ensure aged care staff can adequately identify and treat pain in people living with dementia and improve their outcomes, according to an expert appearing in a new educational video launched today.
The NSW Government has decided against retaining the state’s legislation that requires a registered nurse on duty at all times in nursing homes, bringing to an end a debate that has been running for almost two years.
Aged care providers believe Tuesday’s budget will be an indicator of the Coalition’s commitment to the new reform roadmap, while bipartisan support for the next stage of reforms now appears unlikely.
Pastoral and spiritual care principles can help consumers to better articulate their needs, and providers to better understand them, says the new head of sector peak PASCOP.
Aged care providers and consumer groups have called for bipartisan support for further reform of aged care, following the release of the sector’s Aged Care Roadmap this week.
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Aged care providers look increasingly likely to face a new charge to reflect the government guarantee on the mounting bond pool in aged care, with the reform roadmap calling for a review of current arrangements while a new analysis has highlighted the issue as a risk for providers.
The creation of a “single aged care system” would see the distinction between home care and residential care removed, with consumers free to move between the two, under new changes that could begin in as soon as five years.
Leading Age Services Australia appoints a new chief executive officer as it moves to adopt a national model, becoming the third national peak body in the sector to announce a leadership change in recent weeks.
With the continuing moves towards consumer-controlled care, community care providers are intensifying the training and support provided to staff.
The Benevolent Society will “aggressively pursue acquisition opportunities” in the aged care sector, enter into joint ventures, and create new fee-for-service offerings in home care.
Alzheimer’s Australia says that men living with dementia or those caring for a person with the disease could be missing out on vital support as figures show just one in five callers to the National Dementia Helpline are men.
The standards covering community aged care should require that all care workers undertake elder abuse training, while all certificate level aged care courses should include a mandatory unit on responding to abuse, Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence has concluded.
In this story: John Kelly steps down from ACSA; Ilsa Hampton appointed executive officer of PASCOP; Paul Johnson appointed COO at BallyCara.