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Readers respond to recent AAA coverage.
I am nearly 80 and get some personal care at home as I have a
neurological untreatable condition. I hope I can stay at home but that
will depend on my 86-year-old husband who does his best and is fit at present. I'm glad I'm in WA
as it appears this state is relatively well set up for aged people. Mary commented on AAA online
Residential aged care in Australia means a homelike environment. There are thousands of aged
care communities, comprised of two-bedroom flats with varying levels of maintenance. They
have living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, etc. However, in the US, residential aged care primarily
exists as high-needs facilities. Although I'm not an expert in this subject, in my opinion, retirement
communities in the US are counted as homes, but in Australia they are counted as residential
care. Tommy commented on AAA online
Tommy, I am the author of the article that that graph is taken from. I entirely agree with your point
about the different terminologies used. For the purposes of the paper, "residential aged care" includes
those who need 24-hour care and no longer live independently, but are cared for in an institution
or special facility for the purpose. It does not include retirement villages, sheltered housing or
supportive care such flats with wardens. Because deaths are part of well-established official records,
the data are unlikely to have missed many people. Joanna Broad commented on AAA online
Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer @Siobhan_
ODwyer I'm down with PARO &
telepresence robots, but I draw the line
at a hugging chair ow.ly/Cb2EX (ping @
WendyMoyle2) #agedcare #tech
adaptive and transformational
leadership are the 3 modes of
leadership seen as fundamental in
kelly anne @kelly77_tweets Learning
Macedonian from someone with
dementia. She is a very patient teacher.
We both get something out of it.
Mitch Fifield @SenatorFifield
Today in the #Senate I answered
questions on the #Dementia
supplement. #AgedCare #SenateQT
@AustAgeAgenda WATCH youtu.be/
Dementia Centre @Dementia_
Centre "What would it be like if we
considered ourselves to be guests of
people with #dementia rather than
Jewish Care (Vic) @jewishcarevic
Some of our residents showing support
of #mentalhealth week. It's hard to
argue with any of these! #agedcare
Southern Cross Care @
southernxcSANT Privileged to be
involved with the SA Innovation Hub,
launched today. http://ow.ly/i/7aKku
Ellis Jones @EllisJonesLive
$670m payday for Regis founders
as #agedcare group floats @smh@
What aged care professionals in the online space
are talking about.
"I'm interested in use of uniforms in aged care.
Is there any research regarding this? This could
relate to staff perspective or resident perspective.
Has anyone gone down this road and what were
some of the challenges and benefits?
Nicola Rosenthal via LinkedIn"
"Uniforms bring a perspective of unity, ownership and hopefully respect/pride in the organisation
you are representing. Uniforms have always provided residents/patients with a sense of security
in knowing who is a staff member and who is not. Staff groups can be easily recognised with
variations to uniform colour between nurses, hotel services etc." Peter Vincent via LinkedIn
"If you want to ensure your aged care home looks and feels homely then uniforms can be a
killer. I am a firm believer in name badges to separate staff from visitors and developing a stable
workforce ensures you minimise the effects of agency staff and staff not known by residents.
The ownership, respect and pride of staff is not indicated by their uniform but by their attitudes
and action and in the way they conduct themselves and provide compassion and empathy when
interacting with residents." Ian Burman via LinkedIn
"Home Instead Senior Care supports clients in the community and recently we had a client
complete a survey and in the comments section they stated "never put your staff in uniforms".
Michelle Bristowe via LinkedIn
"As a former soldier I am keen not to see uniforms worn in the home but staff do need to be
clearly identifiable by residents and visitors in aged care." Andrew Larpent via LinkedIn
The readers of AAA had their say in our
recent online polls.
Does your aged care service use
Yes: (36 per cent, 19 votes)
No: (64 per cent, 35 votes)
Total voters: 54
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Around the health and
ageing online community.
By Natasha Egan
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