Colin Osborne is CEO of Peninsula Villages on the NSW Central Coast, which accommodates 300 residents across its three residential care facilities. Never in his 35 years of working in the health industry has he seen the kind of crisis level exhaustion that he is seeing on a daily basis from frontline aged care workers at present.
Modest progress is being made on the push to end the phenomenon of younger persons living in residential aged care facilities, with 35 younger persons living with disability relocated from residential aged care to more appropriate accommodation, from October-December 2021. But there's much more work to be done, as BIANCA ROBERTS has discovered.
Residents and staff of the recently acquired Uniting NSW.ACT residential aged care home in Eden are praising the seamless transition the facility has undergone, particularly considering the unique challenges of dealing with a pandemic at the same time.
Residential aged care buildings are often institutionally designed, with long corridors, vast dining rooms, nursing stations and bland corporate furnishings. So, how can we make aged care facilities feel more like home, while keeping them pandemic-safe?
Leading Age Services Australia and Aged and Community Services Australia have joined forces to provide advice to residential aged care facilities regarding the deployment of Australian Defence Force personnel.
A new platform, titled Residents Matter, has been established to provide older Australians within residential aged care facilities with a means of voicing their concerns and experiences with the public.
The Federal Government has just accepted ATAGI’s recommendation that the time frame for booster doses be brought forward from six months to five months. Based on the new advice, the health department is now working with vaccine providers and RACFs to bring forward where possible those booster clinics currently scheduled for early 2022.
The contents of a new qualitative report from the Older Person’s Advocacy Network paint a picture of a system that has a long way to go in realising the recommendations of the royal commission. BIANCA ROBERTS reports