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Wellbeing for all

By on Thursday, April 17, 2014

One of the main components of the Australian Government’s ten-year, $3.7 billion aged care reform package is the push towards consumer-directed care. The approach aims to give the recipients of care greater choice and control over the way their care is delivered.

So how are aged care providers adapting to this demand for a greater consumer focus?

Staff as Change Agents - Enhancing and sustaining mental health in aged care

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Psychology researchers from Deakin University and Monash University are trialling a program to enhance and sustain mental health in aged care.

With mental illness largely going undiagnosed amongst elderly people in Australia, the research aims to empower aged care staff to properly identify and manage depression, and other mental health and challenging behavioural issues amongst their residents.

Dementia prevention in our hands

By on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

If the current generations of young people take better care of themselves we could see a decline in the numbers of people developing dementia, a recent report shows.

Released today by Alzheimer’s Australia and the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, ‘Is the Incidence of Dementia Declining?' looks at several European studies compiled recently that suggest preventative health measures, such as limiting alcohol consumption and staying physically active, could make a significant contribution to reducing the risk of dementia.

“I suppose I’m pretty good for my age”

By on Monday, April 7, 2014

Age truly is just a number for 90-year-old Rona Panos, who still dances, bowls and volunteers her time helping others.

Mrs Panos lives independently in a unit of Amana Living - Wearne Village, which she maintains herself on top of her ongoing duties as member of several clubs and institutions.

Online presence extends reach for aged care provider

By on Friday, April 4, 2014

Residential and home care provider SummitCare has launched a more user-friendly website in an effort to better communicate their core values and services to the public.

The new website is optimised for smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers.

New-look courtyard brings aged care community together

By on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The green thumbs and budding artists of BlueCross Broughtonlea have been working hard to give their central courtyard a brand new look.

Yesterday afternoon they were able to sit back and admire their handiwork as the Mayor of Whitehorse Sharon Ellis joined BlueCross Broughtonlea staff and residents for the official opening of the new space.

You're only as old as you feel in Western Australia

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

A recent survey has revealed Western Australians are conflicted over what age signifies senior citizenship.

The research, commissioned by West Australia’s largest not-for-profit aged care provider, the Bethanie Group, indicates as we get older, we become increasingly reluctant to accept senior status.

Private physiotherapy for aged care - getting residents back on their feet

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

Physiotherapy in aged care is no new phenomenon, with many facilities offering the service as an extra feature, like hairdressing or optometry.

The role these physiotherapists perform is essential for the safe manual handling of residents to ensure mobility care needs are met, and also to assist in the pain management of those residents with chronic conditions.

Aged Care Rating System to launch in April

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

Australia will soon have its own independent ratings system to measure the quality of its residential aged care.  

Aged Care Online Managing Director Ben Hannemann is proud to announce the official launch of the Aged Care Rating System (ACRS) on April 15 in Melbourne.

Laying the foundations for a dementia-friendly Australia

By on Thursday, March 27, 2014

A British dementia expert has arrived in Australia to discuss how to make our communities more accessible to people living with dementia.

The UK Innovations in Dementia co-director Rachael Litherland kick-started the Dementia-Friendly Communities - Involving People with Dementia tour in Brisbane on Monday, sharing experiences from her role developing the Living with Dementia program for the UK Alzheimer’s Society and her current work promoting community interest.

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