Good Things Often Come in Small Packages

Good Things Often Come in Small Packages

Big is not necessarily better. Neither is an increase in the numbers of care providers who may have entered the industry driven by the lure of profit. This is something that is becoming evident from reports in the media lately, especially when it comes to aged care...
Getting ready for summer – emergency planning

Getting ready for summer – emergency planning

I’m sitting here writing this on a relatively cool day for Brisbane – it’s only 23 degrees, but I think it’s only a short reprieve. We’ve already had some pretty hot days and that was spring. The Queensland Bureau of Meteorology State Manager, Bruce Gunn, said...
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

In the aged care and disability industry we know that work can be stressful. We deal with a variety of people who require our attention and support, as well as having to complete tasks within a tight timeframe. As team leaders or coordination staff, we have deadlines...
Embracing Mental Self-Care

Embracing Mental Self-Care

This week we recognised World Mental Health Awareness Day. On Thursday the 10th October, people around the world are reminded to consider how they support their own mental health and wellbeing as well as that of others around them. There are experiences that can make...
Mental Health in Older People – Mental Health Day 2019

Mental Health in Older People – Mental Health Day 2019

Thursday October 10th is World Mental Health Day 2019. The World Health Organisation notes that mental and neurological disorders make up 6.6% of the total disability of older adults aged 60 and over. Additionally, approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer...
Family and Stakeholder Meetings

Family and Stakeholder Meetings

One important area of developing a care plan for a person is recognising family members or significant others in their lives who are either providing direct care and support to the person, or who are actively interested in ensuring the person gets the best care to...
Effective Handovers and Their Role in Quality Care

Effective Handovers and Their Role in Quality Care

Are you providing an effective handover at the end of your shift? Good communication is the cornerstone of a well-run organisation and is the most important factor for achieving positive consumer and staff outcomes. If you work in residential care, or in a setting...
Lifestory Work In Action

Lifestory Work In Action

Last week, we looked at the negative impact of not knowing a person well, how lack of insight into their history and habits can lead to an adverse outcome. This week I want to review the positive side of understanding the consumer of aged care services better and how...
Life Stories Can Save Lives

Life Stories Can Save Lives

My partner’s aunt, Ruth, was 96 years old when she went into residential care. She was intelligent, gregarious and fun to be around. A strongly independent woman, she had travelled and worked in many different countries throughout her life at a time where that was not...
The Commonwealth Home Support Programme and Grandfathered Clients

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme and Grandfathered Clients

For a couple of years now we’ve been wondering when services would be required to add unregistered, ‘grandfathered’ clients to the My Aged Care portal. After all, the information in the My Aged Care portal assists the Government in planning for future aged care needs,...