Volunteers benefit from training sessions prior to getting to know residents, the early findings of a befriending study show.
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Also in this wrap: BlueCross completes redevelopment; and Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria opens exercise park.
Also in this wrap: LDK Healthcare acquires The Landings at Turramurra; National Ageing Research Institute partners with innovAGEING; and Healthcare Australia acquires Wellness & Lifestyle.
A new study is investigating the impact that volunteer-led befriending has on the mental health of aged care residents.
Aged care residents need to be able to express their end-of-life preferences and have them supported by the health professionals who care for them, says the lead investigator of an end-of-life care study underway.
New protections for seniors and ensuring nationally consistent laws to respond to elder abuse are among the key goals of a new national plan being developed by federal and state governments.
Prominent dementia researcher and adviser among those recognised in the Australia Day Honours.
Managing the “risk of choice” in a consumer-led aged care environment is complex, say providers following premature deaths report.
Retirement living managers should receive mandatory training so they better understand the needs of older people, according to the authors of a major survey of retirement village residents.
All aged care professionals have a responsibility to be informed about the signs of elder abuse and to raise suspected cases they encounter with a supervisor or manager in their organisation, providers and experts have said.
Residential and community care providers will now be supported to integrate enhanced spiritual care into everyday practice with the release of new national guidelines.
The new National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care will be launched on Tuesday, following extensive development that involved input from the sector.
There is simply not enough research done in residential aged care to truly understand falls, their causes and to evaluate a range of interventions, writes Dr Frances Batchelor.
We need to see a culture and model of care in which older people are valued and respected, write Sue Malta and Briony Dow.