A group of Australian healthcare workers is lobbying for mandatory staffing ratios for aged care and calling for the immediate enactment of the law. The group is also calling for the maximisation of funds to avoid any out-of-pocket charges. The proposal posits that the aged care industry must adhere to mandated minimum ratios of skilled staff to take care of the elderly, a similar provision currently adhered to in the child care industry.
Innovation in these modern times is something that should be embraced. Being synonymous with progress, it is especially favourable for Australia’s rapidly-growing aged care sector. Change and transformation is necessary so that the elderly can receive the services, products, and models that will meet their individual needs.
Occupational Therapy Australia believes that cameras can play a big role in uncovering issues and calling out assaults happening in nursing homes, thus, they recommend their installation. Yet, meeting a balance between ‘right to privacy and dignity’ and ‘right to live in a safe, home-like environment’ must take place before this is executed.
Although ageing comes with physical and emotional health challenges, there are also many ways to address these health concerns. One of these ways is through animal companionship. In fact, numerous studies and experts have revealed that pets are good for the health of the elderly. This is why pet-friendly aged care can be truly beneficial.
Elderly individuals have different special care needs that should be addressed to ensure they live a happy, healthy, and longer life. The residential aged care sector plays an important role in this matter. But aged care homes or facilities need sufficient funding to provide the elderly with the best services that they need and deserve.
Digital inclusion makes life easier for both care providers and elderly people. It especially promotes positive ageing which relies on improved quality of life. Having these technological advances pays off as it satisfies both care recipients and providers, allowing for better communication, streamlined systems, improved services, and more personalised care.