Holiday vigilance to protect older Australians in aged care
The health and safety of older Australians should be a priority this holiday season with families urged to keep in contact with those most in need - but to take appropriate precautions.
Aged care residents experience a different kind of reality
Cutting-edge technology is normally associated with youth, but a group of aged care residents in Adelaide are learning how useful (and how much fun) virtual reality can be.
The home stretch: accessing home value to fund long-term care
Individuals and society as a whole face a range of challenges around how to fund long-term care. Most individuals will need long-term care at some point as they get older.
Sharing meals key to health of older people
Sharing meals with older people – particularly those who live alone – is important to prevent malnourishment, a new study suggests.
Private health insurance increases 2021
The Minister for Health and Aged Care Mr Greg Hunt has negotiated private health insurance premiums increases from 0.5% to 5.47%.
High levels of dementia found in the Torres Strait
New research reveals dementia levels among Torres Strait Island residents are close to three times higher than those of the wider Australian population.
Report into COVID-19 outbreaks at St Basil’s and Epping Gardens
The Australian Government has released the findings of the independent review into COVID-19 outbreaks at two Victorian aged care facilities: Heritage Care’s Epping Gardens and St Basil’s Home for the Aged.
ROSA is delivering research to help older Australians make the best decisions about their health
The Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) is extending its efforts to deliver research with impact, by working closely with the community of older Australians.
Dehydration in older people – a fluids situation
With long, hot summer days ahead, the importance of staying well-hydrated can’t be overstated – especially among older people more prone to dehydration.
Who cares for care workers?
The intricacies of the employment-care work connection must be better factored into policy, a new expert report asserts. Now, more than ever, bolstered child, disability and aged care arrangements will benefit all Australians.
Funding for regional aged care infrastructure
Senior Australians in regional, rural and remote areas will benefit from the single largest investment in residential aged care infrastructure.
Digital divide, seniors locked out of essential services
Seniors are missing out on access to online banking, public safety alerts and essential government services because they don’t know how to use the latest digital media platforms, a new survey has found.
Australian College of Nursing aged care continual professional development
ACN has launched an aged care continual professional development series to support nurses’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Yes, older Australians need more home-care funding
Aged care in Australia is underfunded. As a consequence, many older Australians don’t have the support they need.
Morrison likely to elevate aged care to cabinet, as government boosts its funding by $1 billion
The government will inject a further $1 billion into aged care, most of it for home care packages, in Thursday’s budget update.
Older renters are lonely and struggling financially
A new publication released by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) into the impact of COVID-19 on renters shows that older renters are more lonely than before the pandemic and are struggling financially.
Enabling aged care residents and their families to come together over the holidays
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is calling on all aged care providers to enable and support their residents to be visited safely by family members and friends – especially over the holiday period.
Aged care homes “must not ruin Christmas” by barring visitors
Many older Australians are at risk of a ruined Christmas with a minority of rogue aged care providers still preventing them from seeing their loved ones, or excessively restricting visiting.
Aged Care policy reform crucial to attract workers
Work-related stress, lack of career progression and up-skilling opportunities are key deficiencies in Australia’s aged care sector.
Device aims to improve balance for hearing impaired
Researchers are investigating whether a device giving feedback on body position can improve balance and stability in older adults with hearing loss.
Know the signs of elder abuse this festive season
Queenslanders are being encouraged to recognise the signs of elder abuse and seek help over the Christmas period.
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