Aged Care Employee Day on Saturday 7 August is an annual celebration supporting and honouring Australia's aged care workforce. This year we reflect on the current state of the world, the bushfires earlier in the year, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is vital that all residential aged care services establish processes to emphasise the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 for new residents during the admission process. Ideally new residents should have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to admission. To assist, the Department has developed a protocol, the New Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol, for RACF providers to support new residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, if supported by medical advice.
In its first six weeks, the government’s aged care incident reporting scheme received notification of 778 cases of unreasonable use of force, 448 instances of neglect, 192 cases of unexpected death, and nearly 150 cases of inappropriate sexual conduct.
Announced at the 2021 Federal Budget, the Morrison Government committed $17.7 billion over five years ($3.45 billion per year) to repair the aged care industry. This billion dollar investment into the sector is only the beginning and now the real fight begins to see how the troubled sector lifts its standards after the royal commission found it was failing residents and their families.
The world marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons as we reckon with the disproportionate and severe impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on older persons around the world – not only on their health, but on their rights and well-being.
Today is a day to thank, honour, recognise and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people who work in the aged care industry across Australia. Aged Care Employee Day is designed to celebrate each and every team member involved in the journey of caring for people who receive aged care services– from the nurses and care workers, to the cooks and hospitality teams, to the drivers, cleaners and laundry employees, to the volunteers, to the leisure and lifestyle officers and administration teams.
Aged care tips #1 Residential Aged Care Today we begin our aged care ‘tips’ series to assist you with compliance, effectiveness of you practices and systems, and efficiencies.
Aged Care Workforce Retention Grant On Monday, the Department of Health published the Aged Care Workforce Retention Grant, opening it up for submissions.