Dementia affects a far higher proportion of CALD elders than those born in Australia, yet mainstream providers and workers continue to make little allowance for the unique needs of these elders. NARI's Professor Bianca Brijnath, offers a number of practical tips and strategies for the road ahead, spearheaded by clear lines of communication and a willingness to listen and learn from diverse communities. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
WA couple Karlene and Bob Mossman met not long after they both enlisted in the Australian Defence Force in the late 1950s, and it was love at first sight. Today, with a little in-home care assistance and a never-faltering affection that has lasted six decades, the couple's romantic flame burns brightly on. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Since 2018, Opal Healthcare CEO Rachael Argaman and director of communications and sustainability, Roseanne Cartwright, have been overseeing a transformation of Opal Healthcare aged care facilities nationwide. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Older Australians are re-joining the aged care workforce in their droves over recent years. myHomecare Group HR manager Lissa Wyborn tells BIANCA ROBERTS that not only are they a huge asset to their workplace, they are particularly valued by older persons looking for support from someone with a lived experience of ageing.
According to the authors of new book 'Burnout: A Guide to Identifying Burnout and Pathways to Recovery', healthcare workers and unpaid carers are prime candidates for developing burnout. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to co-author Professor Gordon Parker about exactly what the condition is and how those experiencing it can navigate their way to a quick recovery.
Older Australians are at high-risk for mental distress and suicide, yet their current level of support and care remains hopelessly inadequate. While it's imperative that government be proactive with measures to address the crisis, aged care providers and workers, too, have a vital role to play in improving the culture relating to mental health issues in this country. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to SANE Australia CEO Rachel Green in search of some answers.
While a plethora of much-needed modern advances have been made in the provision of aged care in recent decades, many facilities remain mired in outdated, regimented and paternalistic ways. OPAN has responded with its Deinstitutionalisation in Aged Care position statement, detailing a range of recommendations on how we can move towards person-centred models of care that are provided in the recipient’s own home, or a home-like setting. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Hobart's Terrapin Puppet Theatre has been exploring the benefits of puppet therapy in aged care settings for the last two years, culminating in the launch in November of pilot program Forever Young. Allowing older persons to share their stories and feel valued, the puppetry is being used as a tool for engagement, excitement, connection and reflection. BIANCA ROBERTS sat down with drama therapist and project manager Dannielle Jackson for a chat about the benefits of the program and its exciting future.
Debra Nicholl's recent appointment as CEO of Victorian organisation Elder Rights Advocacy (ERA), is the perfect icing on the cake of a long and varied career in the sector. Having worked as an advocate, senior educator, advocacy manager, programs manager and deputy CEO she brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and empathy to her new exciting role. BIANCA ROBERTS reports