Researchers at UniSA are calling for the Federal Government to mandate financial support for pets in aged care to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of residents. The call follows a project that's been exploring a practical model of hosting companion animals in aged care, including foster animals and personal pets.
Older Australians are re-joining the aged care workforce in their droves over recent years. myHomecare Group HR manager Lissa Wyborn tells BIANCA ROBERTS that not only are they a huge asset to their workplace, they are particularly valued by older persons looking for support from someone with a lived experience of ageing.
Australia is experiencing the fourth wave of COVID for 2022, with the number of people hospitalised with COVID trending to levels seen in winter and ongoing high levels of deaths. New COVID waves are expected to occur every three to four months for some time.
One of the big evolutions in aged care during the pandemic has been the unavoidably altered delivery of medical care - particularly with regards to telehealth video calls to GPs. Dr Annie Banbury, head of clinical research at telehealth platform Coviu, believes more training is needed to support aged care staff in transitioning to a 21st century model of care. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
More state-wide services and greater mental health supports to help Victoria’s more than 700,000 carers are two of the key asks in the Carers Victoria Election Statement released today in the lead-up to November's poll.