An Australian research team aims to develop a prototype for an affordable, mass-produced telepresence robot that can be used to prevent social isolation among the elderly and keep them in their homes for longer.
Community Care Review
Aged care provider Enrich Living Services has begun installing smart home monitoring to 100 homes across Australia as part of a deal with in-home safety technology company HomeStay Care.
The federal government has pledged to get all young people with disability out of the residential aged care system within four years.
Two Sydney councils have helped launched an initiative that brings together ageing home owners and younger community members with the aim of reducing social isolation among seniors and delaying the move into residential care.
The introduction of mandatory income-tested fees for home care would be positive for both the sustainability of the sector and for consumers, the aged care royal commission has heard.
The average amount of unspent funds per home care package client has hit almost $7,000 and total unspent funds are likely to reach $600 million by the end of the financial year, a key financial analysis shows.
Researchers are working with Meals on Wheels to find ways of boosting the energy and protein intake of customers.
A Sydney council is looking outside the box in the way it provides community services to the elderly and disabled to target a broader spectrum of wellbeing needs, including reducing loneliness and isolation.
The number of older Australians waiting for the right level of care is continuing to grow with the latest figures showing almost 128,000 are queued for a home care package matching their need.
LASA has launched its campaign for the 2019 federal election calling for legislated maximum home care wait times to fix the “human tragedy in home care”.
Service providers are likely to fall under the spotlight of the proposed disability royal commission, according to draft terms of reference released by the government.
Care providers are exploring home share initiatives that bring together ageing home owners and younger community members.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care is a welcome development for many reasons including the opportunities it provides to reflect on the achievements as well as the oversights of the reforms in home care, Dr Beatriz Cardona writes.
Australian providers are up for prizes in the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation awards, which recognise organisations that demonstrate innovation in aged care business, service and operations.