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Aged care

Aged care residents delight in warm and fuzzy mobile petting zoo visit

Residents, families and team members at Arcare North Lakes have smiled, laughed, giggled and had their spirits uplifted during some treasured time with mobile petting zoo, Amazing Animals.

Tasmania to begin phase-out of mandatory mask rules, including aged care

Tasmania will soon drop aged care, hospital, public transport and school mask mandates, and is set to welcome back large cruise ships in October.

Low-paid workers set for 5.2 pct payrise to combat rising grocery and fuel prices

More than 2.6 million Australians will get a $40 a week pay rise from July 1 following a decision by the Fair Work Commission. The 5.2 per cent increase for the country's lowest-paid workers was necessary to deal with rising grocery and fuel prices, with inflation sitting on 5.1 per cent and set to go to seven per cent by the end of the year.

Calling out physical, financial, and mental wrongdoing on Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder Abuse Action Australia co-chair Jenny Blakey says, “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to affirm the value of older people and their rights to be respected." BIANCA ROBERTS reports

OPAN panel discussion confronts disturbing epidemic of sexual assault in aged care

A devastating 530 incidences of sexual abuse were reported within residential aged care facilities in the last quarter of 2021. A panel discussion hosted by prominent journalist and feminist activist, Jane Caro, has examined awareness and the stamping out of the sexual abuse of elders across this country. BIANCA ROBERTS dialed in

General Homecare grows community of providers with the addition of NSW HSS

General Homecare has announced that NSW Home Support Services (HSS) will join the group, expanding their family of locally trusted care service organisations and the first in New South Wales.

‘Fixing the aged care crisis’ won’t be easy – just 5% of homes above mandatory staffing targets

In his election victory speech, PM Anthony Albanese pledged to “fix the crisis in aged care”. One of the biggest challenges facing the Government is addressing widespread staffing shortages. Only a fraction of aged care homes currently have staffing levels above new minimum ratios that will be mandatory from October next year.

Sydney upper north shore locals show off their artistic abilities at Pinot & Paint

More than 40 people converged on Uniting’s Bowden Brae Retirement and Independent Living Village in Sydney's upper north shore on Tuesday, June 7, to experience a slice of life at the village as part of the Pinot & Paint event. 

Mental distress is rising, especially for low-income middle-aged women

The new government faces a tough challenge in improving mental health. Very high psychological distress is rising most steeply in the middle-aged; more than doubling for women aged 55–64 from 2001–2018. Medicare spending and out-of-pocket mental health-care costs are increasing but those most needing care aren’t getting it.

Webinar on helping older persons from diverse backgrounds feel welcomed and valued

The importance of developing aged care services that are inclusive for all elders was emphasised by the Older Person Advocacy Network (OPAN) in their latest webinar Who’s missing? Diversity and Inclusion in Aged Care on June 7. BIANCA ROBERTS tuned in

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