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How to complain about aged care and get the result you want

You or a loved one in residential aged care may have concerns about personal or medical care, being adequately consulted about changes to care, or be concerned about charges on the latest bill. You could also be concerned about theft, neglect or abuse. Here’s how you can raise issues with the relevant person or authority to improve care and support.

From glasses to mobility scooters, ‘assistive technology’ isn’t always high-tech

The WHO estimates one in three of us will need assistive technology, ranging from glasses to mobility scooters, in our lifetimes. This number is set to grow with an ageing population and the rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, which are major causes of disability.

Treating sleep apnoea can improve memory in people with cognitive decline

Growing evidence suggests disturbed sleep may increase the risk of developing dementia. A new study is showing treating sleep apnoea in older adults with mild cognitive impairment can improve memory, but not other areas of cognition, in the short term.

COTA VIC policy objectives highlight glaring gaps in services for older Victorians

COTA Victoria’s six priorities featured in its pre-budget submission highlight the depth and breadth of the gaps in services older Victorians are experiencing relating to social wellbeing, expanding workforce opportunities, elder abuse, transport, digital inclusion and mobility. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Wollert Lifestyle Clubhouse a superb example of innovative aged care architecture

DKO Architecture's Jesse Linardi was instrumental in developing a new, state-of-the-art communal space for Lifestyle Communities retirement villages. "Our approach was formed around placing a building within a community that wasn’t age specific and could become a desired destination in itself, with an offering for everyone," he says. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Aged care facilities across the country enjoy a paw-some time celebrating National Pet Day

Aged care residents, team members, and families at Arcare residences across the nation have celebrated National Pet Day on April 11 with a furry facility invasion.

Lipmann’s evocative Hidden works paint haunting picture of Melbourne’s older homeless

Melbourne painter Dorothy Lipmann's latest collection of poignant works are currently being showcased at fortyfivedownstairs gallery. She and husband Bryan run Wintringham, a not-for-profit organisation that provides aged care and social housing for homeless persons 50 years and over. A pair of national treasures, they 'take the people that the aged care industry has turned its back on'. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Isolated, confused and depressed: the pandemic’s toll on people with dementia and their carers

The COVID pandemic has had a huge impact on people living with dementia and their family carers around the world. A new study has found people with dementia experienced worse symptoms after the pandemic began.

Workforce shortages and other long term issues aired by workers union heads during parliament doorstop

Aged Care workers from New South Wales and Canberra, alongside Health Services Union figure-heads and Labor politicians, assembled at the doors of parliament yesterday in a continued bid to seek reforms aimed at alleviating the ongoing aged care crisis. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Nurses and workers gather to slam Government inaction in aged care sector

Scores of frustrated aged care nurses and assistants, backed by heads of the ANMF gathered at parliament house in Canberra yesterday to implore the Federal Government to address the current crisis in aged care. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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