News - Ageing Sector

Minimising physical and chemical restraint in residential aged care

Message from the Department of Health...

Minimising physical and chemical restraint in residential aged care

Since 1 July 2019, residential aged care providers have had specific responsibilities in the Quality of Care Principles 2014 relating to the use of physical and chemical restraint. These requirements put explicit obligations on the use of restraint by residential aged care providers.

The Australian Government has announced further strengthening of the regulation of chemical restraints in residential aged care.

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2018-19 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

2018-19 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

The 2018-19 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 is now available from the GEN Aged Care Data website.
The report details the operation of Australia’s aged care system during the 2018–19 financial year and provides a snapshot of the system as a whole. It is delivered to Parliament each year by the Minister in accordance with section 63-2 of the Aged Care Act 1997.

Provide feedback on proposals to clarify additional service fee arrangements in residential aged care

Message from the Department of Health..

The department is seeking written submissions responding to its c Consultation paper on proposed measures to improve clarity around additional service fees charged in residential aged care homes by 17 December 2019.

Have your say by lodging a written submission by email to: [email protected] or post to:

The Director
Aged Care Fees
Department of Health
MDP 465
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: [email protected] for further information.

Digital Paradox for Seniors report released

YourLink, in partnership with PwC, is proud to release the Digital Paradox for Seniors report. The report debunks the myth that seniors are digitally shy and reveals that when shown ‘how to’ seniors eagerly embrace technology.

The report includes research from over 600 seniors. They shared views about their experiences of today and needs for the future - so they are not excluded from the digital wave of change. This is coupled with additional insight from experts including PwC, Adssi Limited and Nan Bosler (Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association) as well as stories bringing to life the real experiences of seniors.

Provide feedback on proposals to clarify additional service fee arrangements in residential aged care

Provide feedback on proposals to clarify additional service fee arrangements in residential aged care

The department is seeking written submissions responding to its consultation paper on proposed measures to improve clarity around additional service fees charged in residential aged care homes by 17 December 2019.

Have your say by lodging a written submission by email to: [email protected] or post to:
The Director
Aged Care Fees
Department of Health
MDP 465
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: [email protected] for further information.

Department of Health

COTA NSW Strength for Life: Exercise program to improve strength, balance and mobility

Strength for Life is a progressive training program designed to improve your strength and fitness. You attend classes held in a local gym, council facility or community centre and gradually increase the level of work you do to develop your strength. The charge for the classes is very reasonable.

It doesn't matter if you are unfit, or you have never done an exercise class before. You will have an individual program but will take part in a class that is designed for people of all levels of ability. Among other things, this gives you the opportunity to socialise with likeminded people!

The trainers are all qualified exercise professionals who have undertaken a special program to be accredited with Strength for Life. They have a good understanding of the needs of older people and will create a friendly environment that you will feel comfortable in.

Read more at COTA

ELDER ABUSE – KEY ISSUES AND EMERGING EVIDENCE: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Elder abuse is a multifaceted and often hidden form of abuse. There is currently no national data on the prevalence of elder abuse in Australia. Based on international studies, it is estimated that between 2% and 14% of older people in high- or middle-income countries experience elder abuse every year. The term 'elder abuse' covers a range of harmful behaviours, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and neglect.

This paper provides an overview of elder abuse in Australia. It discusses key issues involved in how elder abuse is defined and examines its prevalence, impact and associated risk factors, with a focus on implications of recent research for policy and practice.

Read more at Australian Institute of Family Studies

Publication: Australian Institute of Family Studies - Elder abuse Key issues and emerging evidence

Summary

Elder abuse is a multifaceted and often hidden form of abuse. There is currently no national data on the prevalence of elder abuse in Australia. Based on international studies, it is estimated that between 2% and 14% of older people in high- or middle-income countries experience elder abuse every year. The term 'elder abuse' covers a range of harmful behaviours, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and neglect.

This paper provides an overview of elder abuse in Australia. It discusses key issues involved in how elder abuse is defined and examines its prevalence, impact and associated risk factors, with a focus on implications of recent research for policy and practice.

New Charter of Aged Care Rights

The new Charter of Aged Care Rights is now in effect and provides the same rights to all consumers, regardless of the type of Australian Government funded care and services they receive.

The Charter helps to create a shared understanding about the rights of people receiving aged care.

Resources to support the sector’s understanding of the Charter are available on the department’s website. Hard copies of these resources are also available and can be ordered by emailing our distributor directly at [email protected]

RESOURCES TO PROMOTE AGED CARE ADVOCACY SERVICES

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) has developed two posters to assist in promoting the services they offer under the National Aged Care Advocacy Program.

• The Talk to Us poster aims to inform older people, their families and friends about options for support in resolving any issues they may have with their aged care services.

• The Enrol in Talk to Us First poster promotes OPAN’s free online ‘Talk to Us First’ advocacy training for aged care staff.

All aged care service providers will shortly receive two copies of the Talk to Us poster and one copy of the Enrol in Talk to Us First poster for display in their organisations.

If you wish to receive additional posters for display please contact OPAN on 1800 700 600 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday or visit https://opan.com.au

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