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New online tool helps people stay healthy, for longer

Victorian aged care provider Benetas has launched an online tool aimed at promoting healthy ageing and keeping Australians living at home for longer.

The Positive Ageing Tool was developed on the back of government funded research the provider undertook along with Monash University in 2018. It is a self-screening tool, comprised of five simple questions which will detect and address early signs of frailty before serious health decline occurs.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said: “The traditional aged care services from residential care, home care, clinical and allied health services, are all incredibly important, but if we’re going to meet an ageing population, we really need to be at the forefront of early intervention.

“This is about ensuring that people and their families have the information they need well in advance of their health declining. Whether you’re 65 and going for runs, or 75 and facing prescription changes, we need people to be monitoring their health, taking proactive steps and not wait until it’s too late.”

Dr Catherine Joyce, Benetas’ general manager of quality, outcomes and research spoke with Aged Care Insite about the new tool.

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