Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA Jul-Aug 2012 Contents Overheard
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mark w sewell @WarrigalCareCEO
Our development staff this week
met the people who will be living in
their next two projects. Never forget:
Projects are for real people.
Lenny Alanna @alannaqkryvy
People who don't cherish their elderly
have forgotten whence they came
and whither they go. ~Ramsey Clark
Jean Lambert MEP @GreenJeanMEP
Russian Grannies look as if they're
having real fun: vintage Euro-pop.
Great advert for Euro Year of Active
Andrew Dowling @AndyDee
Flash Mobs for the elderly, that's what
I say. Nice wee group activity, bit of
exercise and it gets 'em out the house.
Pat Sparrow @agedsupporter
1st time ever the word "care" in top
10 words used in a budget speech. A
welcome focus on what really matters!
"I'M SORRY but I wish they'd go and play with
their Xboxes somewhere else, because they don't
know the real world. That is just spurious. It's not
true. They're leading you up the garden path.
Sorry, sprinklers are the only things that are going
to save lives."
-- The NSW Fire Commissioner, Greg Mullins,
explains his response to those who have used computer
modelling and other arguments to warn that the value of
fire sprinklers might be overestimated. The commissioner's
view could not have been clearer: nursing homes without
fire sprinklers are an "extreme risk to life".
A couple of new online offerings recently launched in
the aged care space.
The online presence of Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan
Ryan. Age Positive showcases short stories about people aged over 50, sent in by themselves
or others. Phoebe Carter, 60, reports: "My health has been sensational since I discovered and
embraced belly dance." There is also now a Facebook page named Age-Positive, carrying some
updates that appear to be written by Ms Ryan herself.
A joint project between Hynes Lawyers and The Ideal Consultancy all about compliance and risk
management in aged care, community care and health. Web users can browse various offerings
ike the 'Complaints Management Policy and Procedure' or the 'Dementia Training Orientation
Package'. The site features some free content: a generic aged care risk assessment survey as
well as a staff training planner, a professional development template and a checklist for new
staff and volunteers.
Five Facebook pages we've followed, and found they've filled our news
feed with facts, figures, philosophy and fun.
TALL TREES AUSTRALIA
Queensland-based Tall Trees uses
Facebook well to document life inside its
supported living communities, and seems to
have lots of activities going on to document.
Another example of Facebook used
effectively, Seasons provides a window
on life in and around the company's six
supported living villages that's equally
relevant to internal and external audiences.
JUST BETTER CARE
Just Better Care links to all manner of
interesting bits and pieces, mostly about
ageing, aged care and related topics with
fun and interesting tidbits thrown in.
A specialist nursing agency from Perth,
Pulse runs giveaways and posts stories
about what the company and its staff
are getting up to, and the aged care and
health facilities they work in.
PIONEER NETWORK --
CHANGING THE CULTURE
OF AGING IN THE 21ST
An interesting one from United States.
The Pioneer Network says it "advocates
and facilitates deep system change and
transformation in our culture of aging". The
organisation promotes person-centred
care, and this page gives you a sense of
how they go about their mission.
A couple of clever
apps, both for Apple
devices only this time.
Drop us a line if
there's one you think
is worth sharing!
MIRUS AUSTRALIA ACFI
free from the iTunes store
Mirus Australia, the aged
care advisory firm behind the
computer application Aged
Care Metrics, has developed
a free ACFI calculator to
make managing claims and
assessments easier and help staff to better
understand the ACFI rules. The app also
guides staff as to when an ACFI assessment
can be resubmitted, and generates summaries
in handy PDF form.
free from www.sunsmart.com.au
The Sunsmart app balances
the need to get out in the sun
to boost vitamin D levels,
with the well-known risks of
too much exposure. It tells
you the UV level throughout
the day and alerts you when
sun protection is required. A
vitamin D tracker calculates if you are getting
enough sun to stay healthy.
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