Are we inadvertently responsible for the high numbers of Australians dying through suicide in old age, asks Dr Roderick McKay.
To build a robust research culture in aged care, key issues such as funding, the absence of aged care ethics committees and guidelines on confidentiality and consent need to be addressed, writes Dr Maree Bernoth.
Senior Australian of the Year 2013, Professor Ian Maddocks, shares his vision for a new model of caring for older people involving residential aged care facilities as community hubs.
In order to compete in the new paradigm, aged care providers need to redesign their business to ensure the flexibility to rapidly adapt and meet consumer needs, writes Louise Greene.
For some residents the use of sedative medication will be the appropriate course of action and the benefits will outweigh the risk but the decision rests with the prescribing doctor, writes Patrick Reid.
Writing in AAA, the Aged Care Leadership Project Committee responds to Andrew Larpent’s critique of its leadership strategy and framework.
The aged care leadership development project has offered limited value to the sector. Its Leadership Capability Framework misses the mark and has the capacity to mislead, writes Andrew Larpent.
Kate Carnell encourages aged care providers to ensure their staff receive beyondblue’s depression and anxiety training, with travel and accommodation subsidies now available.
While nobly reducing environmental impact, sustainable buildings aren’t always the most comfortable buildings. Here, architect Guy Luscombe and sustainability expert John Brodie discuss thermal comfort in aged care facilities and why ‘dynamic environments’ are the logical next step.
Given the demographic realities, it is time to move culturally and linguistically diverse older people to the centre of aged care planning and policy, and abandon the ‘special needs’ tag, writes Pino Migliorino.
How providers differentiate themselves and their service offering in a new era of competition will ultimately determine their success, writes Rhod Ellis-Jones.
If we are serious about ensuring quality care in residential aged care then we have to realise that nurses and care workers cannot do it all, writes Yun-Hee Jeon.
It is natural for stakeholders to defend the interests of the people they represent, but the serious issues that the ageing population presents for Australia means we need some sensible solutions, not just hot air, writes Emily Millane.
Budgetary pressures associated with an ageing population, increasing demand for community services, and a shrinking tax base are all impacting on the sustainability of healthcare services, writes Rod Cooke.