A new book that reframes dementia as a social experience rather than a ‘burden’ or ‘deficit’ offers some thought-provoking insights into the social and personal changes that are needed to improve life for people with dementia and those who care for them.
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The Governance Institute of Australia has produced a guide on adding value to governance for board members of aged care providers in a time of upheaval and change for the sector.
The complex ethical, legal and privacy issues surrounding the use of CCTV cameras in aged care residents’ rooms need to be carefully teased out after a Four Corners investigation showed footage of an elderly resident being assaulted by a care worker, Australia’s aged consumer group says.
Lack of funding and a “silo” mentality means dietitians are being under-utilised in residential aged care where they could play an important role in improving residents’ nutrition and dining experiences, a researcher says.
Complaints about aged care have increased by 23 per cent over the last year and 47 per cent since 2015, according to government figures showing a record 5,779 complaints were received over the last year.
A parliamentary committee has recommended that federal road and transport agencies start researching the implementation of a regulatory system in which people who use mobility scooters are subject to licensing, registration and insurance.
The fruit tampering crisis has spread to a NSW aged care facility with the discovery of a needle in a banana in a resident’s room.
Despite increased awareness about dementia, one in four people feel uncomfortable around someone living with the condition because they don’t know what to say or are worried about saying the wrong thing.
The aged care royal commission will not be extended to include institutional and residential care for people with disability after a motion to widen its terms of reference was voted down in the Senate.
Journalist Ellen Fanning has collaborated with the Seniors Rights Service to produce 18 videos featuring experts including former High Court judge Justice Michael Kirby sharing their knowledge on a wide range of issues around elder abuse.
A diet high in a wide range of vegetables, especially broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, may help older people avoid hospitalisation from falls, Australian research has found.
After intense scrutiny, several government inquiries and reviews and major legislative change, the aged care sector is now the subject of a Royal Commission. The scrutiny will increase exponentially in the build up to, and during, the Royal Commission and providers must prepare accordingly, write Nick Albrow and Peter Wilkinson.
The unique history of nursing in Australia is celebrated in a new book by researcher and medical historian Deborah Burrows.
The head of the peak industry body Leading Age Services Australia has told the ABC he was unaware of many of the allegations of abuses, neglect and substandard care made on the broadcaster’s flagship Four Corners program.