A collaboration between the Queensland University of Technology Design Lab, Griffith University, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University has unveiled the transformative power of integrating virtual reality (VR) in aged care settings.
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
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
April Falls Month (in NSW) and April No Falls month (in Queensland), are annual initiatives that raise awareness about the importance of mobility and falls prevention in older age. To complement these initiatives, over the next month Guide Healthcare is rolling out the Real World Games, encouraging elders to participate in a series of events that mimic typical obstacles they may face in the community, to be completed under the supervision of an allied health professional. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
With the support of Gandel Foundation, Ask Annie – Dementia Australia’s mobile app that offers short, self-paced learning modules to help care workers refresh their skills and learn tips and tools to provide better care to people living with dementia – is now available for individual download with three free introductory modules gifted to support the aged care sector.
The needs of today’s aged community, especially around living and employment situations, have changed drastically over the past few years, and businesses must get on board quickly to provide accordingly for our older population, an aged care design expert says.
InteliCare CEO Jason Waller says more money simply isn’t going to fix the structural issues of a critical workforce shortage. Until we work smarter, empowering workers with technology that allows them to deliver better care to more people more efficiently, the budget simply goes unspent and services continue to go undelivered.