September 25, 2014

Aged Care INsite August -September 2014

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  • Abbott says no to co-pay exemptions for pensioners, children p. 4
  • Forum Dementia Care – Core Business for Aged Care – discussed dementia care being core business for all aged-care services p. 6
  • Ominous shifts – a less refined workforce is being asked to do more and more in aged care p. 8
  • Fronditha Care Nursing Facility historic labour agreement p. 10
  • Palliative Care Australia calls for feedback on revised national draft standards for palliative care p. 12
  • Home is where the health is – research will look into how to give seniors the best chance of staying away from hospital when they need medical treatment p. 14
  • Brain section may be forever young – research shows that one part of the brain may be able to process information in older age as it did when it was younger p. 16
  • Breathe, smile, heal – simple exercises that can produce extensive health benefits p. 18

The issue of our age
Australia’s population is growing older at a faster rate than ever before, so experts are sounding off now on the best ways to manage this unprecedented demographic shift.
p. 21-23 

One voice speaks loudest
Unit, across and within entities, is the key to powerful advocacy for issues that affect aged Australians
p. 24-25 

$7 could be better spent
Voice from not-for-profit sector warns that GP co-payment will burden the vulnerable and won’t solve problems
p. 26 

Recognition and more
The NSW Carers Strategy calls for tangible support for those looking after sick loved ones, in a case of government working with community
p. 28 

Everything in its place
Quality design puts residents at the centre, whilst incorporating all stakeholders’ needs
p. 33 

Retrofit and save
Experts discuss some of the best upgrades for improving sustainability and wellbeing
p. 34-35 

Get tough on crime
A security expert says many aged-care facilities aren’t as safe as they should be and offers some technology and techniques to improve
p. 36-37 

The bucket list
UnitingCare Ageing’s Starrett Lodge was given at Better Practice Award by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency for their program that helps residents check things off their bucket list
p. 38-39 

Health begins in the belly
As ageing progresses, a diet full of balanced meals becomes even more important as a foundation for wellbeing
p. 40-41 

Friendly fibre
The benefits of high-fibre diets don’t stop at the bowels
p. 42 

Directive approach
Aged-care advocates stress the importance of getting patients to put treatment preferences down on paper
p. 43 

5 steps to better dementia care
We ask the experts about the challenges facing dementia care in Australia, and how to overcome them
p. 44-45 

The use of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for elderly a sore spot
Experts disagree on dangers and benefits of long-term use
p. 46-47 

A cultured existence
Aboriginal Women Elders, a steady flow of volunteers and one Nobel Peace Prize nominee preserve a way of life in remote Australia
p. 48-49 

HESTA Awards honour the best
Winners champion technology, cultural awareness and holistic care
p. 50-51 

Buddy movie
Documentary shows the power of a keen focus on building relationships in residential aged care
p. 52 

Generations on film
Residents and their families sit for snapshots as part of Queensland Seniors Week
p. 53 

Bionic buddies
Companion robots that offer emotional support and practical help are set to change the way Australian providers look after people with dementia
p. 55-56 

i.on the prize at the Information Technology in Aged Care awards
Compliance software produce plays role in success for multiple winners
p. 57-58






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