Despite nine years of compulsory reporting, the aged care sector is still in the dark about the prevalence of assaults in aged care and the outcomes of notifications to the police.
Facility design and materials play a part in controlling the spread of infection in aged care, and with the rise of multi-resistant organisms, experts say aged care executives need to be involved.
From blunting demand for residential aged care to increasing the use of telehealth, different approaches are being taken by providers to ensure the long-term viability of rural and remote services.
John Scurr tells AAA about the ICT-related challenges and opportunities Ozcare is facing.
Mobility is fast changing aged care operations and service delivery. In this special report, Natasha Egan looks at how providers are adapting and some of the emerging trends.
VIDEO: Aged care providers should recognise that good spiritual care begins at the management level and works its way down, says a leading theologian.
AUDIO: Aged care providers should focus on small-scale, domestic and familiar when aiming for good dementia design, says Emeritus Professor Mary Marshall.
AUDIO: Familiarity is important in palliative care for people with dementia and as an individual’s dementia advances, change should be avoided and stimuli reduced, says an expert in end-of-life care for older people.
VIDEO: A moderated consumer review site for aged care could provide older people with more information around quality of life, says the head of a leading provider.
VIDEO: Leaders of aged care providers and seniors groups need to be strongly advocating for more age friendly accommodation, says a top architect specialising in seniors housing.
The Coalition has announced it will provide $7.5 million for the establishment of specialist care units to care for people living with dementia and very severe behaviours.
AUDIO: Improved quality of life for residents with dementia and an alternative resource staff prefer to try before medications, are among the benefits of virtual reality in aged care, an international dementia event has heard.
Since last year the states have been working towards adopting a national code covering the conduct of health workers, including aged care’s personal care workers. AAA reports on the progress of the code, and what it means for providers, staff and consumers.
PROFILE: Jeannine Lew, social work manager at Montefiore Home, is passionate about what social workers bring to aged care, not only in providing emotional support for residents, families and staff, but in acting as residents’ advocates.