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The devil’s in the detail

Tim Burke on the special considerations involved in designing interiors for dementia specific facilities. The built environment can be considered the silent partner in the care of people in dementia-specific accommodation. Accordingly, it works concurrently with the care staff and ...

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Some rules were made to be broken

In a heavily regulated environment such as aged care, it is easy to focus on regulatory compliance, and lose sight of the broader challenges of designing for living. By Ken Blair. While regulations are an important part of ensuring minimum ...

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Aged care’s Cinderella

Despite its benefits and unique capacity for ageing in place, service integrated housing has been invisible to many in the aged care sector, writes Megan Stoyles. Retirement villages and other forms of housing providing support services for seniors now care ...

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Provider opens doors of new affordable housing.

Clients on low to moderate income to benefit from new serviced apartments in NSW. UnitingCare Ageing has opened the first of its affordable community living accommodation. The re-furbished Kentgrove Lodge in Kenthurst consists of nine self-contained apartments for low to ...

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Life of young carers under the microscope

New research to examine the impact of caring burden on young Australians. The job of looking after Australia’s oldest and infirm will increasingly fall to the nation’s youngest adults. The ageing of the population and rise in chronic disease ensures ...

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Innovative community care approach expands

Person-centred support services spread with a new local program in NSW. The “re-ablement” method, a multi-disciplinary team approach to assist older people to live independently in their homes, continues to expand. A new version of the program, based on work ...

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Ageism rife in Australia, research finds

Societal changes have had profound impact on older people and how society views and treats them. Older people who are respected tend to have greater life satisfaction, including a sense of usefulness and involvement with their family and community. However, ...

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