Nutrition is so important throughout our lives and especially as older adults living in aged care. Older adults are at increased risk of malnutrition due to their changing nutrition needs as a result of loss of appetite, illness, their reduced independence and ability to cook or shop for themselves due to mobility or other related factors. Food and the nutritional value of food provided to consumers has a significant impact on their quality of life as well as their overall health and wellbeing; reducing illness, delaying onset and the longevity of illnesses.
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Following the release of the aged care royal commission’s interim report – which identified boosting the number of home care packages, a response to over-reliance on chemical restraint in aged care and stopping the flow of younger people entering it as three areas needing urgent action – Prime Minister Scott Morrison earmarked more money for the sector by Christmas.
Aged care and home care providers often go about their daily operations (focused so heavily on providing care and quality outcomes) but maybe not so focused on the opportunities they may be missing out on. Did you know that the Australian Government, Department of Health often offers providers free training and other support services contracted out to external organisations? These contracts are especially offered to rural and remote providers and services that wouldn't otherwise have access to training and support. Did you know that, if your contact details are not up to date, you may miss out on these free, Government funded opportunities?
While keeping food spend low in aged care might seem like a cost-saving measure, it’s actually a false economy. That’s one of the messages Dr Sandra Iuliano, who provided evidence at the aged care royal commission, sent to the sector via an article published in the University of Melbourne publication.
Staff shortages and a lack of training have once again emerged as key issues underpinning the nation’s aged care crisis, as the aged care royal commission hears testimony in Perth.