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Behind closed doors

Summer is a particularly dangerous time for those living alone. Is community care the solution, or the problem, asks Michael Fine. Summer is here, at last. It can mean time for a holiday with the family, lying on the beach, ...

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Spreading the word

Community care clients and staff tell their stories in an inspiring new DVD. Reports Linda Belardi. Limited access to information about Home and Community Care has been a common chorus of complaint heard by HACC development officer, Melinda Paterson. In ...

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The wide angle

Michael Fine asks who’s going to give care when we need it? Next year it will be 25 years since the HACC program was first launched in 1985. Community care has grown quietly but relentlessly across Australia ever since. We ...

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Doing it differently

Capacity building and empowerment should be at the forefront of community care. Linda Belardi reports. In a new brand of community care outlined by the Impact services working group, self determination and a reduced dependency on formal services should guide ...

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Out of sight, out of mind

Ageism is rife among those who are planning, designing and building aged care facilities and retirement villages. Megan Stoyles reports. Professionals involved in the policy, design and planning of residential care are frequently motivated by ageist stereotypes and assumptions about ...

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Stunningly Swiss

Progressive European architecture gives food for thought in residential design, writes Beverley Garlick. Switzerland has a very similar aged demographic as Australia, with an ever increasing percentage of the population aged over 80, and the inevitable need and shortage of ...

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The re-emergence of small?

The funding model and regulatory framework have been the driving forces behind the trend towards larger facilities, but will this continue, asks Ken Blair. What direction will we see the aged care sector develop over the next 20 years, as ...

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Changing with the times

Changes in resident profiles, coupled with growing demands for personalised care and privacy, are impacting facility design. Linda Belardi reports. As Australians enter aged care facilities later in life and have greater clinical needs, responsive building design is critical to ...

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