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Providers welcome CDC trial

500 places available for providers to showcase innovative models The peak body representing not-for-profit aged care providers has welcomed the government’s trial of consumer directed care, calling it an important step towards providing new care options for seniors. At the ...

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Healthy bodies lead to healthy minds

Researchers testing the use of exercise to keep depression at bay. Emerging Australian research shows physical activity is one of the most promising strategies for the drug-free treatment of depression, even in older people. Researchers at the Western Australian Centre ...

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Community care in Victoria gets a boost

ACCV welcomes additional HACC funding The peak aged care body in Victoria has welcomed the joint federal and state government announcement of $18.5 million in additional HACC funding. The funding will enable more seniors to remain at home and independent ...

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Affairs of the heart

A lack of policy and education means residential aged care is failing to provide for the sexual and intimacy needs of residents. Ken Gleeson describes it as a small but important facet of aged care. It doesn’t come up often, ...

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Looking towards the light

Michael Fine thinks through some of the current proposals to rearrange the face of community care. For a long time, it seems, we’ve been hearing about the next big move in community-based care. The last decade saw strong growth in ...

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Keeping it in the family

While the elderly prefer to be cared for at home by family, family prefer to leave it to the professionals. Megan Stoyles reports. It’s the news baby boomers don’t want to hear. Your parents want you to care for them ...

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Designing with cultural finesse

The interior design brief for a facility that would be home to residents of 19 different nationalities was not without its challenges, writes Philip Templeton and Julie Skuja. In the minds of many, the stereotypical facility either resembles a granny’s ...

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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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