March 09, 2015

Australian Ageing Agenda March-April 2015

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News feature
Response teams only part of the solution
Aged care stakeholders say specialist care units and better industry-wide training must form part of a comprehensive strategy to improve the care for residents with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Professor Henry Brodaty, Bernie McCarthy, Dr Stephen Judd and Carol Bennett comment.
p. 10-11 

Industry view
  • John Kelly (ACSA) – housing for seniors needs action
  • Patrick Reid (LASA) – Infrastructure investment needs immediate attention
  • Ian Yates (COTA) – Providers must come to grips with consumer directed care
  • p. 14-17
The National Roads and Motorists’ Association brings new dimension to ‘Positive Ageing’
Within a rapidly changing world global and local trends have occurred that are influencing our future and challenging organisations like the NRMA.  Many of these trends are about technology. And it is technology that is providing a range of new and exciting opportunities for the retirement and aged care sectors that has not been possible before
The library holds copies of Staying on the move with dementia an initiative of  NRMA and Alzheimer's Australia NSW
p. 19-21

Talking points
Navigating the maze: Have the new financial arrangements simplified access to aged care?
Brendan Ryan, Donald Swanborough and Ian Yates comment.
p. 24-25 

State focus: Vic
Mandating staff, but NOT selling beds
Legislating ratios and retaining state-owned aged care facilities are key policy platforms for the new Labor Government in Victoria. But is it good policy?
p. 26-27 

Poor training requires nuances response
As yet another rep[ort highlights the variable quality in aged care courses, the sector must work with government towards an integrated strategy that addresses the thorny issues impacting entry-level training
p. 30-31
New payment trend on the horizon
Although we have not yet seen a significant change in how residents pay their fees, we are expecting a shift in the short term and potentially a major change in the future
p. 32-33 

Retirement living
Integration nation
The traditional lines of demarcation between retirement living and aged care are eroding as operators seek to provide a range of health and aged services within their villages so they can meet resident preferences.  This article looks at the various models in action.
p. 35-37

Retirement living
A world where consumer is KING
Greater consumer choice is bringing opportunities and challenges for the retirement living operators.  This article outlines five fundamental changes shaping the sector.
p. 38-39 

BaptistCare: Delivering on a promise
In 2014, after 70 years, aged care provider BaptistCare took the bold step of rethinking its future; restructuring and rebranding in an organization-wide realignment that positioned the organization to deliver on a new promise.  CEO Ross Low spoke to AAA about the journal so far, and what’s in store for the organization to achieve its bold promise of providing ‘care you can trust’.
p. 40-43 

In conversation
Working on public perception
Opal Aged Care has an ambitious growth plan – to add 1000 beds each year, which would see the organization almost double in size by 2020. CEO Gay Barnier speaks to AAA about scaling up, going niche, and why public image should be the industry’s top concern.
p. 44-45 

When is a door not a door?
Colm Cunningham discusses the practice of disguising doors in residential facilities with Professor Mary Marshall
p. 46-47 

Results to be proud of
A broad-ranging review led to the development and implementation of a new organization-wide approach to reviewing psychotropic medication use
p. 48-49 

In search of the Holy Grail
Despite countless research and programs on falls in older people over the last 25 years, falls rates continue to rise. Research groups all over the world are trying to figure out this problem, including those from Neuroscience Australia (NeuRA)
p. 50-52

Smart choices
From sustainable design to renewable energy and purchasing carbon offsets, two aged care providers are taking significant steps to minimize their environmental footprint and demonstrating shy investing in sustainability has some surprising benefits
p. 54-55 

Looking for lessons in acute care
Despite a major rejection of the hospital model by the aged care sector over the last 30 years, it may now be time to re-examine recent developments in that sector to ensure our aged care designs are achieving optimal results
p. 56-57 

Helping make sense of the maze
Aged care placement consultant Dana Sawyer helps arm consumers with independent information to make informed decisions about entering aged care.  She talks to AAA about the value placement consultants can add to the experience of consumers and to the broader sector.
p. 58

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