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Sydney providers get third-party perspective with new Aged Care Rating System

By on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Aged care providers from across New South Wales convened in Sydney last Wednesday to discuss the introduction of an independent rating system to assist consumers weighing up their residential aged care alternatives.

Launched in Melbourne on April 16, The Aged Care Rating System (ACRS) is a benchmark tool for providers that offers consumers an unbiased assessment of their options.

Virtual reality for people with dementia

By on Friday, June 13, 2014

Video game developers from Melbourne have created a virtual forest, complete with birds, bees and butterflies, to engage people living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria has partnered with Opaque Multimedia to head the project, which has become the first serious application of advanced gaming program Unreal Engine 4 in Australia.

Private aged care provider seeks to inform

By on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Federal Government’s Living Longer, Living Better reforms are designed to give consumers a more robust and transparent model of aged care, as well greater choice on how they pay for it.

Yet the reforms are less than a month away from effect and a good proportion of the general public remain confused as to how they will work for them.

Maggie Beer leads good food campaign for aged care residents

By on Thursday, June 5, 2014

Earlier this year MasterChef matriarch Maggie Beer pledged her commitment to improving the quality of food consumed by elderly Australians in aged care homes.

The Maggie Beer Foundation (A Good Food Life for All) was launched in February, guided by the belief that every meal should bring comfort and pleasure.

What’s old is new again

By on Monday, June 2, 2014

A care assistant in a Perth day club has challenged his clients with dementia to find creative ways to repurpose, reuse and upcycle old things.

Three years ago, Eugene Hands started the Catherine King Day Club men’s shed, where he has been able to use his background in carpentry to facilitate a number of creative projects for people living with dementia.

Aged Care Rating System goes to Sydney

By on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Following the success of its launch in Melbourne, the Aged Care Rating System will be presented to New South Wales on June 11 in Sydney.

A virtual tour of Australia

By on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

He is known as Positive Pat around the Sinnamon Park aged care home where he lives, and it’s not hard to see why.

When Patrick Passfield arrived at Wesley Mission’s Jacobs Court in June 2012 he was just out of brain surgery and bound to a wheelchair.

Let’s talk about elder abuse

By on Monday, May 26, 2014

Victorians have planned a number of exciting events leading into World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) next month.

First observed in 2012 by the United Nations, WEEAD occurs on June 15 every year to bring worldwide recognition to all forms of abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation experienced by the elderly.

Planning ahead

By on Friday, May 23, 2014

A Melbourne healthcare provider has become the national distributor of a unique end-of-life document that invites people of all ages to identify their emotional, spiritual and medical preferences in the event that they can no longer speak for themselves.

Colbrow Healthcare launches Five Wishes on Tuesday May 27 as part of their Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late initiative, a broad appeal for greater community dialogue on matters of life and death.

Growing sector needs culturally diverse workforce

By on Friday, May 23, 2014

More than 250 delegates from a range of sectors will converge in Melbourne next month to discuss how aged care services can be more inclusive of other cultures.

The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing Conference will host around 50 presentations that highlight better practice initiatives to improve the lives of older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  

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