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.
The continuation of once-in-a-generation aged care reform following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is critical in being able to achieve the kind of care and support older Australians both need and deserve, the Aged & Community Care Providers Association says.
Aged care executive Ian Yates AM has been appointed as the Interim Inspector-General of Aged Care and will commence the role in January 2023. Aged care minister Anika Wells said the role demonstrates the Government's "commitment to strengthening and driving positive change in the aged care system by providing the means for independent oversight, increased transparency and accountability in the sector".
The publication of star ratings for residential aged care homes is an important milestone for aged care sector reform in obtaining greater transparency of services provided, according to CEO of ACCPA, Tom Symondson.
Encompassing physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, speech pathologists, dietetics and other professionals, the allied health employment crisis is entering a critical phase. It's clear by not mandating a minimum benchmark of allied health minutes, AN-ACC is incentivising cuts in their provision in aged care. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to a range of stakeholders and advocates on where we go from here.
ACCPA CEO Tom Symondson says the second Food and Nutrition Report 2021-22 shows a growing number of aged care providers are using creative and innovative practices to enhance residents’ experience with food in aged care.
ACWIC chair Libby Lyons is 'bitterly disappointed' that providers in several states are using royal commission-based reforms as an excuse to make ENs redundant, or to substitute them with registered nurses and personal care workers. "Their work has been undervalued for years, and yet despite this, we know that ENs have gone above and beyond to provide care no matter the circumstances..." she says. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Families of aged care residents in Australian nursing homes can now provide feedback about the quality of meals their loved ones are eating, as part of leading research targeting improvements in food and nutrition in aged care homes.
Southern Cross Care (SCC), Tasmania's largest not-for-profit aged care provider, is making major changes to services in response to harrowing tales of neglect at two of its homes, heard by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.