January 28, 2015

Australian Ageing Agenda - January-February 2015

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News feature
Reform direction welcomed, detail sought
Aged service providers and consumer representatives have embraced the Federal Government’s agenda for further aged care reform, but called for strong protections for vulnerable seniors and close consultation with the sector
p. 10-11 


Industry view
  • John Kelly (ACSA) – concern the income-tested fee has made some home care packages financially unattractive to a lot of consumers
  • Patrick Reid (LASA) – Consumer revolution in aged care is unlikely to occur without much-needed information and communications technology support
  • Mary Wood (RLC) – to ensure a prosperous retirement living sector, knowledge is everything
  • Ian Yates (COTA) – Recent comments indicate that the minister sees the current set of reforms as the beginning of a journey that will completely change the face of aged care
  • p. 14-17
Talking points
The rise of the reviewer
AAA looks at consumer review sites in aged care
p. 24-25 

Up to code
Since a change to state planning laws in mid-2012, the sector in NSW has been undertaking a sprinkler installation project in residential aged care
p. 26-27 

Finance
Aged Care: the new black for capital funders?
Current market expansion and interest offers aged care providers opportunities to position themselves as attractive to potential investors
p. 28-29

Law
Think elder abuse justifies dismissal? Think again
A recent ruling sends a clear message that aged care providers must undertake a thorough investigation process, guided by the principles of procedural fairness, when enquiring into the alleged misconduct of employees
p. 30-31 

Govt to develop new aged care workforce strategy
Addressing the sector’s workforce challenges will feature high in the Federal Government’s 2015 agenda
p. 32-33

Career ahead
How to improve the quality of jobs in aged care in a way that also improves care quality it the key question at the centre of a new research project
p. 34

Attracting the best
Candidates looking for work in aged care have more choice than ever and competition is fierce.  This article looks at what three aged care providers are doing to ensure they recruit the best people for the job
p. 36-37 

Are we too casual?
With a quarter of the aged care workforce employed on a casual basis, organisations need to assess the occupational health and safety implications, as they may find themselves liable even if injuries were contributed to be incidents at other places of employment
p. 38-39 

A new prescription for aged care medical services
In an initiative that could change the face of aged care medical services in this country,  TLC Aged Care is building healthcare hubs into its aged care facilities
p. 40-43 

In conversation
The final arbiter
Rae Lamb, a former journalist and deputy health and disability commissioner in New Zealand, is now in her second term as Australia’s Aged Care Commissioner.  She talks about her new determinative powers, best practice complaints handling and why providers should say sorry more often.
p. 44-45 

Dementia
Music that engages and endures
The benefits of music in improving wellbeing and quality of life have been known for some time, but have not yet been utilized to maximum potential
p. 46-47 

Positive ageing
A new call for change
Across the broad aged services spectrum there is growing awareness and acceptance of the need for greater involvement of the various allied health services - dental, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, speech pathology, and psychology. Yet policy and practice barriers remain.
p. 48-51

‘Unwavering pursuit for great food’
Since its launch last year, The Lantern Project, a national initiative to improve food in aged care, has started a new conversation among stakeholders.
p. 52-53

Keeping track of nutrition care
New charts increase efficiency through documentation of nutrition supplements within the resident’s medication chart
p. 54 

Language exchange
Learning Macedonian from a resident with dementia brings mutual benefit to both teacher and student
p. 56

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