In Australia, we too, are facing a lack of sufficient options for our rapidly ageing population. The difference is, that in Australia, there is existing infrastructure (though insufficient and mostly dated) in place, national peak bodies and specialist agencies are established, there is a bi-partisan commitment on supplying government funding and a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit community service agencies in place. While Australia is currently better off, it will only be the wealthy that will be able to dictate the level of quality care that they receive. Surely all Australian taxpayers, deserve the same right to high quality care?
The team at Corporate First Aid Australia are well skilled at dealing with change. Today we welcome, Business Development and Training Officer, Tracie Yardley from Work Smart into the shared space that we occupy with private RTO, Combined Team Services at 6 Victoria Street Bunbury.
Today (May 12) is International Nurses Day. Nurses are the principal providers of primary health care in most nations of the world and without them, the health of communities everywhere would be severely compromised. So thank you to all nurses, who spend their lives caring for the well-being of others.
We can remain blissfully ignorant of aged care issues, until we ourselves face the reality of caring for our loved ones and realise that there while there are a range of support services, there is also a complex web of administration and huge deficient of residential care options available.
We all know someone who has parents who are ageing. Many of these aged people are still living independently. The Federal Government’s new Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce has commissioned a report, Accentuating the positive: consumer experiences of aged care at home.
This report focuses upon consumer’s opinions of aged care services delivered in the home, and while most seniors reflected positivity regarding their carers, co-ordination between home care and health services needed to be improved.
Dealing with difficult conversations is something that most of us are not skilled at doing. We instinctively avoid pain, and seek pleasure. However, there are essential conversations, difficult that they may be, that all of us need to start having. Advance care planning enables families to have clarity regarding the values and preferences of each individual family member regarding health and personal care. An Advance Care planning kicks in, when you are able to communicate these values and preferences.
Working smart, doesn’t mean that you work extra hard. It is about working collaboratively as demonstrated by the team at CFAA and Work Smart.
Recently Tracie Yardley, Business Development and Training Officer for Work Smart in Bunbury and Di Needham, Training Manager at RTO Corporate First Aid Australia, teamed up to create training and employment opportunities in the South West.
There is increased awareness and a large body of evidence showing that pastoral care and spiritual care is an essential part of holistic care for everyone, particularly older people including importantly, those living with dementia. Australia’s national peak body for spiritual care and ageing, Meaningful Ageing Australia has engaged in an Australian Government, Department of Health funded project with partners Spiritual Health Victoria and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). The outcome has been the publishing of the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.
Knowing how to support older people as they transition into aged care, respect individual spiritual beliefs and engage in ‘end of life’ conversations, is the focus of Meaning Ageing Australia’s regional professional development workshops.
Corporate First Aid Australia’s key aged care trainers and management team, are looking forward to attending a workshop in Busselton on 1 March to hear from facilitator Mr. Kim Thoday.