Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA Spt-Oct 2014 Contents By Darragh O'Keeffe
Readers respond to recent AAA coverage.
Smart thinking professor Maddocks, many of us gerontologists are
already building models such as the one you have outlined. The
problem is that thinking boldly has a tendency to frighten people,
and the funding is always an issue. I can only agree that we are limited only by our imagination
in building better aged care and support to the elder community. Drew Dwyer commented
on AAA online
Great concept. Imagine how the ageing population would be enhanced by a lifestyle like that. It
would revolutionise Aged Care. Bring it on. Ann Bell commented on AAA online
Excellent analysis as to how the residential aged care industry needs to evolve. Our seniors
healthcare services are fragmented. The goal of establishing infrastructure that offers a
"continuum of care" from pre/post retirees to community care to in-home care to residential care
to palliative care makes a lot of sense. Steve Zanon commented on AAA online
I spent two months in the US to look at a range of innovations in the longevity economy and
there is a US-wide network of community hubs that operate along the lines you describe... I
met with the founding couple of the Capitol Hill Village in Washington DC. They are a nonprofit
organisation that aims to sustain and enrich the community of Capitol Hill residents for the long
term. Annalie Killian commented on AAA online
Yes sounds great in theory and it may well work in practise, but as stated where is the mention
of Diversional Therapists to provide the assessment, referral and support to the RAOs and
volunteers who will implement these social support activities, program's and outings?
Kim Bromley commented on AAA online
This hub idea makes a lot of sense as do many of the variations on a theme. Mind you, this idea
is politically dangerous. I'm sure Connie Fierranti-Wells espoused this approach when she was
Shadow Minister for Ageing. The rest is history. Ray Glickman commented on AAA online
RACGP @RACGP RACGP
research shows more than half of all
respondents oppose the introduction of
the $7 co-payment #CoPayNoWay
Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer @Siobhan_
ODwyer New Press Council Standards
for contacting people in hospitals and
residential care facilities ow.ly/A2Sox
iCareHealth AU @iCareHealthAU
Read today's #blog post on how
#mobility can improve staff satisfaction
in #homecare: http://ow.ly/Agd1e
Palliative Care Aus @Pall_Care_
Aus NEW #AgedCare workshops
focus on end of life care needs.
Register today at http://www.
LASA Victoria @LASAVictoria An
open letter from #agedcare Peak
Body LASA to @WomensWeeklyMag
EllisJones: Health @EJHealth_
Ageing Here is Natalie's recent
blog article about shared purpose
in #agedcare: http://ht.ly/zX2Pm
5 steps to follow when thinking about
entering into #agedcare http://bit.
ly/1AnsLZD Great booklet from the
Dept of Social Services
The readers of AAA had their say in our
recent online polls.
Do you agree with the proposal for a
community-services workforce plan?
Yes: Workers in sectors like aged care
and disability share common skills.
(53 per cent, 67 votes)
No: Workers in aged care and other sectors
like disability require different skill sets.
(47 per cent, 60 votes)
Total voters: 127
Would a $7 co-payment affect GP
access to residents in your facility?
Yes: 82 per cent, 60 votes
No: 18 per cent, 13 votes
Total voters: 73
What aged care professionals in the online space are talking about.
"Over the last 20 years many UK home care and age care
organisations found themselves in the position of relying on
one large customer, usually the 'state paid for customer'.
They... felt the harsh reality of losing their business when
work from them reduced or dried up. Now is the time to ... decide which
additional markets you wish to target and design services for those
potential customers. This is the only way you can begin to build other
income streams in the competitive world you will have to embrace. Having
met with many Australian care organizations over the past months, this
message is not being considered by many." Angela Gifford via LinkedIn
"I completely agree Angela, it seems there is lots of talk but it will all be about timing and looking
at innovative service offerings to meet the needs of the consumer/people accessing aged care
services. If we keep doing what we always do, we will keep getting what we always got."
Beth Scott via LinkedIn
"I totally agree! Diversify is the key in doing business nowdays. It is time to think and re-think our
future approach. Wina Kung via LinkedIn
"I find that most companies under- invest in change management strategies because of this fear
of not upsetting something that is working well." Arlene Quinn via LinkedIn
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