A”significant” imbalance of power has made residents and home care recipients fearful of making complaints, the royal commission into aged care heard this week.
The aged care royal commission has heard evidence from its first witnesses, with calls by whistleblowers for a national database identifying rogue workers and concerns raised over an “unintentionally complex” aged care system.
The Federal Government has announced residential aged care will receive an additional $320 million as part of its new $662 million package to support older Australians.
The uptake of technology among providers, digital literacy of staff and resident mental health are among key areas the royal commission needs to address on technology, an industry forum has heard.
The nation’s leading consumer representatives will comprise the first witnesses at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety when hearings get underway next week.
Western-Australian aged care provider Braemar Presbyterian Care has expanded its third-party whistle-blower service for staff to allow residents and family members to also anonymously raise concerns.
The peak body representing Australian pharmacists is calling for funding to test an in-house pharmacist model to improve medication safety in residential aged care in its budget submission.
Listening to concerns is the best way to handle complaints and other issues raised by residents, their family members and workers, an aged care CEO tells Australian Ageing Agenda.
As the aged care sector faces increased scrutiny and a royal commission, the Australian Institute of Company Directors has released new governance guidelines for not-for-profit organisations.
Aged care organisations need to focus on change management processes when introducing new technologies to best support all staff, a provider tells Australian Ageing Agenda ahead of their appearance at an upcoming industry conference.
The aged care sector’s new independent regulator has launched a tool for providers to understand and assess their performance against the new quality standards.
The Department of Health has updated the provider resource for the new aged care quality standards to include concerns about the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications as a form of chemical restraint.
South Australian not-for-profit aged care provider Life Care has been recognised internationally for the highest standard of dementia design at its facility in Joslin.
Giving an antipsychotic medication to an aged care resident should only be considered when all other interventions have failed, writes Natalie Soulsby.