Aged care facilities with at least three-quarters of staff vaccinated against the flu have fewer influenza outbreaks, however only 15 per cent of facilities have achieved this, according to a national review.
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The federal government is ordering all residential care providers to supply their staff with a flu vaccine to curb aged care influenza.
The team behind a successful intervention to reduce hospital readmission among aged care residents is looking to facilitate its widespread adoption as a new standard of care.
Also in this wrap: NewDirection Care appoints COO; Thomas Geer welcomes Arthur Koumoukelis as partner; and Hynes Legal appoints Helen Kay as associate director.
Harnessing the potential of community radio is one initiative being piloted to educate multicultural communities about aged care.
It is critical community aged care organisations review their current policies and practices and start matching them to the proposed new standards, writes Lorraine Poulos.
Industry peak bodies and service providers are calling for a government review of unspent funds in home care as new data shows surpluses continue to climb.
The structure of aged care’s new quality and safety commission announced by the government rejects the recommendation for three separate commissioners as proposed by the Carnell and Paterson review.
Implement new technologies now for today’s seniors but also prepare a plan for future assistive smart device solutions for a more tech-savvy cohort in five years’ time, an aged care IT conference has heard this week.
Also in this wrap: Japara secures land in Robina; NewDirection Care launches aged care microtown; and Signature Care expands to high-demand location in NSW.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is running free webinars to upskill aged care staff on how to recognise a scam to help keep seniors safe online.
From buddy programs to increasing staff autonomy, a new guide has captured best practice strategies to reduce home care worker stress.