Whilst it is healthy that more providers are giving consumers a greater diversity of choice over services, rapid growth also brings challenges.
To get ready for the home care changes ahead, the Aged Care Roadmap, future care at home discussion paper and recent review of aged care reforms, offer a good base for providers to start, writes Lorraine Poulos.
A new project is equipping health professionals to become change agents within their organisations to improve dementia care and support for carers.
Architects and designers can empower seniors and aged care residents through designing for the senses beyond the traditional five, such the senses of direction, balance and familiarity, writes Rulla Asmar.
Considering a significant proportion of people with epilepsy develop the condition when they are over 65, aged care workers should be equipped to detect the signs, writes Dr Loretta Piccenna.
The focus on value-for-money criteria in home modification schemes is having some unintended consequences, writes Dr Andrew Martel.
Australian researchers are working with health and aged care providers to trial a program to support and empower people with dementia and their carers, write Dr Kate Laver and Professor Lindy Clemson.
The rise of online care worker platforms and increased levels of self-management mean providers should take steps to minimise the risk of clients overspending their home care budgets, write Solomon Miller, Anita Courtney and Sophie Bolzonello.
The shift to increased client control in home care risks pushing family carers to the background, writes Cathy Duncan.
The federal government should consider developing a flexible, community-focused service model for older Australians living in remote Australia, writes Dr Heather Gibb.
For such a small piece of equipment, the iPad packs a lot of punch when it comes to providing accessibility features, writes Jacqui Kirkman.
Early experiences of CDC in Australia highlight the potential of the new system to exacerbate inequalities and the limits of the government’s consumer choice rhetoric in aged care, writes Dr Beatriz Cardona.
Dementia key workers are helping people with younger onset dementia negotiate tailored services and supporting them to live meaningful lives, write Anita Westera and Dave Fildes.
Governments need to urgently increase their investment in affordable housing options and specialist support services to address the growing number of older people in housing stress, writes Fiona York.