A new program to be launched next month is the first in-person, community-focussed course to provide practical and effective education to improve knowledge and confidence for those caring for someone in their last days, weeks, or months of life.
The continuation of once-in-a-generation aged care reform following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is critical in being able to achieve the kind of care and support older Australians both need and deserve, the Aged & Community Care Providers Association says.
General practitioners, including those who regularly consult in aged care homes, will have access to a new expert advice services to help them manage the clinical needs of patients with dementia complicated by behaviour and psychological symptoms.
The Albanese Government’s 10-Year Dementia Action Plan is aiming for greater public awareness of dementia, and excellent post-diagnostic support for those living with the condition, as well as their carers. However, many in the sector are concerned that it fails to address a range of royal commission rcommendations, particularly in regards to human rights of people living with dementia. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to several leading advocacy body heads.
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
Wealthier Australians should contribute more for their aged care to make sure providers can remain open and the sector can survive to provide for those who can least afford it, Catholic Health Australia, says.
For Coral Hartley, the move to aged care involved a relocation from Bundaberg to Brisbane. After a period of ill-health and hospitalisation, she faced the reality that living at home in Bundaberg was no longer practical – particularly given her son Stephen lives in Brisbane.
Returning to the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2023 from March 7-19, The Fishbowl is a fabulous one-hour experimental theatre performance inspired by actor, aged care worker and writer Matthew Barker's personal diary entries from 2016 while working in a memory support unit. New audio has been added for the 2023 iteration of the play, comprising interview material from experts, other aged care workers and family members of those with lived experience of dementia. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
UnitingCare’s latest report into elder abuse highlights the prevalence of this distressing issue across Queensland. The report reveals that victims often experience psychological distress, deterioration in their health, and financial consequences from the abuse.