July 10, 2014

Aged Care INsite June-July 2014

Full text articles are available to fee paying members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing NSW.Library@alzheimers.org.au


  • The changes keep coming - Reforms coming online this year focus on a funding reshuffle  p.4
  • Budget backfire - Proposed measures will end up raising costs, peak bodies warn p.6
  • Counting the cost – Dementia support funding under review after ’10-fold blowout’ p. 8
  • Price pointer – it is now mandatory for providers to put their rates and features online for consumers p.8
  • In-home improvement – a new website is aiding some transitions to consumer-directed care p.10
  • Baby boomers plan to keep working
  • Fail safe – staff need support to combat rising workplace aggression p. 12
  • Safety focus a winning formula – a West Australian provider, Amana Living, has been honoured for its commitment to workplace safety at state industry awards p. 13
  • Pregnant pause – nine months is a long time but more and more people in need are waiting longer than that for a place in aged care, and it’s likely to get worse p. 14
  • Hip service – placebo treatment shows same benefit as physio for osteoarthritis p. 15
  • End of life not in the plans – 95% of Australians don’t have an advance care plan in place p. 16 

Winners & losers
Industry experts analyse the implications of the first Coalition Budget
p. 19-21

 Number crunch
The budget is a mixed bag for aged-care providers and a challenge for older Australians
p. 22-23 

HACC reform plenty to discuss
The revised plan’s lack of information raises concerns for many stakeholders
p. 24 

New approach to old school
It’s the fastest-growing sector in health, and opportunities abound. But to attract the best and brightest to aged care and prepare them for success, a radical rethink of our education system is urgently needed.
p. 25-26 

Lifelong living spaces
Whole-of-life housing is a growth market for developers, as people aim to live at home as long as possible
p. 27-29 

Envision the future
A blue-sky forum brought together speakers and strategists to map IT possibilities and challenges on the path to progress
p. 30-31 

The telltale plate
The secrets of monitoring food intake in aged care
p. 32-33 

Home truths
The voice of a woman 70 years old carries the experience of ageing alone into the minds of visitors.  Members of the public got a fly-on-the-wall look at what it’s like for older people living alone in their homes, through the site specific audio theatre presentation HOME.
p. 34-35 

Going to plan
The use of telemonitoring for continence care may help return patients’ quality of life
p. 36 

Hospital paths
Acute care is not set up for people with dementia, but some simple strategies can make a big difference.  A report for Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Care in the Acute Hospital Setting: Issues and strategies  identifies urgent issues that need to be addressed and puts forward 6 strategies to help improve outcomes for patients in the acute setting. Hard copies available from the Library or at
p. 37-39

 We need to talk
Removing the stigma attached to admitting mental health issues is essential for diagnosis and constructive care.
p. 40-41 

Sunny side up
An expert on depression is seniors says it’s possible to keep the clouds at bay
p. 42 

Doctor in the house
Growing pressure on medical services from the ageing population means we must look quickly to alternative models such as home health
p. 43 

Foreign exchange
New immigrants lack access to aged-care services and need specialized support
p. 44-45 

Banishing the business blues
Workplace mental health is one of the most important factors in job satisfaction. How does your organization rate?
p. 46-47 

Retention span
A new study of aged-care employees uncovers what pushes them to leave – and what will keep them in the field
p. 48-49 

The byte stuff
A student volunteer in Western Australia is teaching older residents new computer tricks
p. 50 

Art and soul
HammondCare’s South-East Sydney Social Club’s Living Memories exhibition of artwork by people with dementia offered inspiring self-expression for people who struggle to be heard
p. 51 

Put a stop to fraud
Financial abuse against older people is on the rise but there are ways the elderly can protect themselves.
p. 52 

Track to the future
Technology upgrades are changing our lives and offering options for at-home support. Experts give us a sneak peek of what’s to come
p. 53-54

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