Although not everyone celebrates Christmas, the holiday period can often increase feelings of loneliness with residents being reminded of friends that have passed, a lack of family get-togethers, memories of happier times living in the family home, and increased physical challenges of being able to participate in activities. These feelings of loneliness and sadness can often be exacerbated if they’re surrounded by residents receiving numerous visits by family and friends.
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.
Maintaining a physically active lifestyle is important for everyone, regardless of age. It is especially beneficial to seniors, who are more susceptible to various diseases. Aside from having a well-balanced diet, they also need to include exercise in their daily routines to stay emotionally and physically healthy.