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New ways of thinking about care, and carers

Aged care is a bit like the proverbial iceberg – the visible part above water gets all the attention, writes Michael Fine. The Productivity Commission submitted their final report Caring for Older Australians to the Assistant Treasurer on June 28. ...

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Mapping community attitudes

New research will investigate what older people want from a consumer driven model of care. The attitudes and preferences of older people in relation to consumer-directed care will be examined in a three-year study to be led by Flinders University. ...

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Those in the know

A leading provider has discovered it pays to involve staff and residents in the design of new aged care facilities. Darragh O Keeffe reports. Wesley Mission’s new Parkview facility is an interesting case study in more ways than one. For ...

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Asking timely questions

Michael Fine on the case for a new approach to management. It’s now so commonplace, such a feature of the way we organise community care, that it is hard to believe that case management and care packaging are relatively new ...

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The new kids on the block

Megan Stoyles investigates the growth in franchised home and community care in Australia. The Productivity Commission’s push for consumer choice in aged care will transform community care providers, with the further growth of commercial franchise operators a certainty, current providers ...

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Laundry matters and infection control

Bill Alderson looks at the advantages of chemo-thermal disinfection for lower-temperature laundry operation. Residents, staff and visitors need to feel confident with the hygiene standards in residential care homes, and an important part of infection control starts in the laundry. ...

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The right frequency

New technology makes tracking of residents’ clothing a breeze. So why aren’t more Australian care facilities taking advantage of this new technology? Cathy Wever reports. Lost or mixed up clothing items may not sound like a big deal, but as ...

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