Empowering consumers and allied health professionals with comprehensive information about assistive technology is critical for delivering appropriate, sustainable and cost-effective solutions.
Rural and remote home care provider integratedliving has been awarded a national gong for its innovative range of home delivered meals incorporating Australian native food.
Some 100 leaders in the aged and disability sectors will converge in Canberra today for a one-day summit to plan for the needs of people with a disability as they age.
PROFILE: Person centred care and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the care of older people have been motivating philosophies throughout Catherine Brown’s 30-year nursing career.
Improving the quality of information and ready supply of assistive technologies (AT) in Australia is critical to realising the potential of AT in the lives of older people and people with disability, says Dr Natasha Layton, an occupational therapist and board member of the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association.
Australian-first research has shown that modifying the home of a community care client can reduce the need for care by an average of 42 per cent and lead to a 40 per cent improvement in a person’s quality of life.
The mental health of home care workers should be a priority as parliament considers the future of the aged care workforce, an organisational psychologist and academic has said.
A senate inquiry investigating Australia’s aged care workforce has been told that a portable entitlement scheme for aged care workers should be introduced to help tackle the sector’s retention problem.
The Federal Government has responded to significant consumer demand for high level home care packages by allocating 93 per cent of new places in the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round as Level 3 and 4 packages.
The need to improve the quality of student placements, and the performance and oversight of registered training organisations, has been raised with a senate inquiry into Australia’s aged care workforce.
A federally-funded project is underway to create a set of national guidelines for meals services delivered to older Australians under the new Commonwealth Home Support Program.
The Federal Government is proposing greater transparency in admin charges on the exit and transfer of home care packages from February 2017.
Introducing competition into aged care will improve the capacity of the system to meet consumer needs and drive efficiency and service innovation, but firm government oversight will need to be retained, the chair of the government’s Competition Policy Review panel has said.
The government’s Dementia and Cognition Supplement aims to support seniors living at home with dementia – but just a third of the expected recipients are getting it, raising questions about barriers to access.