The decision to move a loved one with dementia into residential care is an incredibly difficult one. These considerations may help.
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We spent 312 hours observing 39 residents at six Australian aged care facilities to find out how and where they spend their time across the day.
Respite care needs to be understood as a service for the carer as much as for the older person they care for.
Here’s how to go about raising issues with the relevant person or authority to improve aged-care standards for you or your loved one.
It’s time to rethink these physical environments with peoples’ fundamental human needs at the heart of design.
Devalued and paid significantly less than nurses, it’s no wonder Australia’s aged care workforce have had enough.
We measured financial literacy among 589 informal carers that substantially helped an older person make a decision about paying for residential aged care. Less than half were financially literate.
There are around 50 sexual assaults in Australian aged care homes every week. But staff are expected to assess the severity and impact of incidents without training.
Examining the records of 2,900 nursing homes we’ve found no evidence that where there’s more competition there’s better care or lower prices.
Remaking aged care in Australia starts with embracing people-centred design. Instead of the institutional model with its focus on restraint, we need to understand and design for people’s needs.
Many Australians come to the end of their life while living in aged care. But damningly, the aged care royal commission found many residents have worse palliative care options than those living elsewhere.
Disappointingly, however, this report gives the government room to pick and choose recommendations as the cabinet likes.
The free market experiment in residential aged care is failing older Australians. Rebuilding trust in the system starts with valuing residents’ rights, and holding government and providers to account.
Most aged care homes are designed to be naturally ventilated. But when windows are closed to keep out the cold, poor ventilation appears to be common – and that’s a problem for infection control.
For many people living in residential aged care, their priority is quality of life, not length of life. So how do we reconcile this with the need to restrict visitors during the coronavirus pandemic?
The aged care royal commission has recommended three key areas for action.
The aged care royal commission’s interim report paints a picture of a system in deep crisis. Its recommendations for action have some merit, but won’t address what are underlying, systemic problems.
The system is a complex mix of daily and refundable fees, base payments and means tested contributions.
While the majority of aged care funding comes from government, residents also have to contribute. Here’s how the payment system works.
People in aged care homes might be restrained physically, or by administering medications that affect their behaviour.
Sedative medications and restraint belts are too often given to aged care residents with dementia to stop them wandering, prevent falls, or manage “difficult” behaviour.
Visually expressing painful memories and feelings can help let things go.
Creative arts therapies allow people with dementia to express joy and sadness through painting, dance, music and drama.
The earlier you start planning, the better.
If you don’t plan for your aged care and make your wishes known, you may be admitted to a hospital or aged care facility when something goes wrong. That’s where most Australians end up dying.