One of Australia’s largest aged care providers, Opal Healthcare, now offers a convenient self-service portal for roster management, shift swaps, leave requests and work availability updates for its 9500 team members caring for more than 8000 residents in 80 care homes across NSW, Victoria, Queensland and WA.
A revised version of the Industry Code for Visiting Aged Care Homes has been released for public consultation, which industry bodies claim provides a better balance between safety measures and respecting the rights of older Australians and their emotional wellbeing.
Dementia Australia has welcomed the COVID-19 vaccination booster program to commence in residential aged care homes this week, with CEO Maree McCabe AM saying for residents living with moderate to severe cognitive impairment it is essential clear communication and enough time is provided, to enable informed consent.
A national consortium including the Registry of Senior Australians, the University of Queensland and PricewaterhouseCoopers, is set to launch a nationwide pilot to trial new quality indicators in aged care, as part of the Government’s response to the final recommendations made by the aged care royal commission.
The Maggie Beer Foundation is seeking interest and inviting multi-disciplinary food and nutrition professionals to join forces to enact critical change needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s aged care population.
The Victorian Government is upgrading public sector residential aged care services in Heywood and Lorne, creating new jobs and ensuring hundreds of older Victorians continue to receive the care and comfort they deserve, it says.
Aged care facilities across Australia will be opened to visitors under a plan agreed to by National Cabinet. The AHPPC has outlined the principles to remove restrictions on visitation to residential aged care facilities.