Why Do We Need New Aged Care Standards?

Why Do We Need New Aged Care Standards?

In July this year, those of us working in the aged care sector will experience yet another phase of the reform process. All government-funded aged care services will be assessed against a new set of aged care standards. Some of you may be asking ‘why do we need a...
Outcomes versus Outputs

Outcomes versus Outputs

Sometimes in aged care we look at what we are doing for someone and view that as the outcome for the individual. The client is getting a shower and therefore improving their hygiene, or they are getting a good meal and thereby maintaining their nutritional health; but...
Professional Development – Bringing Your Team Along

Professional Development – Bringing Your Team Along

If professional development is something that is viewed as ‘only for senior staff,’ then the organisation is selling itself short. While it’s great that support workers or supervisors are undertaking certificate-level aged care training, this should be...

The Power of Mastermind Groups

As an individual you can sometimes find yourself isolated, struggling for answers on your own. You might eventually find those elusive answers by searching the internet, hunching over books or stumbling across it months later when you’ve all but given up in...
The Personal Development Plan – Building A Better You

The Personal Development Plan – Building A Better You

The environment in which we work is transforming rapidly. In the next decade, change will be a constant companion. With an ageing demographic and changing community expectations, services will need to adapt and prepare to meet new challenges. Managers and coordinators...
Loneliness Epidemic?

Loneliness Epidemic?

Over the holiday season many of us spend time with family and friends – we may take holidays or perhaps we just take things a bit slower. I must admit, I always enjoy that time between Christmas and New Year when things quieten down on the work front and I can...
8 Reasons Why Client Documentation is Important in Aged Care

8 Reasons Why Client Documentation is Important in Aged Care

Documentation, or rather ‘good’ client documentation, is the cornerstone of quality care outcomes. Well written care plans along with detailed progress or case notes both support and demonstrate quality care. In our experience working across many services, one of the...
Supporting Vulnerable Clients over the Christmas Period

Supporting Vulnerable Clients over the Christmas Period

Did you realise that it is only just over six weeks till Christmas? Sorry, that was a bit unfair. Now you’re probably panicking about your Christmas shopping list and wondering how long it will take for something to arrive if you order today off eBay! But put those...
The National Prioritisation Queue – Home Care Packages

The National Prioritisation Queue – Home Care Packages

We often think that once a person has been assessed for a home care package and are in the National Prioritisation Queue (wait list) for a package that we’ve done our job in assisting them to access aged care services. Of course, you may also be providing some basic...