I smile when I hear a group of preschoolers giggling and can feel the excitement as I enter the classroom. The cause of the animated mood is a musical concert for young children that the learners attended the previous day. A demonstration and explanation of musical instruments preceded the concert and clearly had an impact on one little boy. “Come and have a look,” he beckoned me. We sat down next to a creative construction of colourful blocks in different sizes laid out in a neat row on the carpet. “Look at my marimba!” he smiled proudly. With enthusiasm, he picked up two thin twigs and started to play on his handmade musical instrument.
Sophia Bolden 11 May 2017
The use of technology in aged care is now commonplace. Providers rely on automated beds and chairs to lift residents, companion robots in the form of beloved pets are given to people with dementia, and software systems are utilised to document clinical and medication information.
Job satisfaction is a big contributor to an organisation’s staff turnover. It’s simple – if the staff have low job satisfaction, then they are more likely to leave their job and pursue other options.
By Kellie Evans
2017 will be another year of change in the aged care sector. For providers, it should also be a year to seize the opportunities that change brings.
By Luke Dormehl
Why it matters to you
Accidental falls lead to the hospitalization and even death of thousands of elderly people each year. These researchers think virtual reality may be able to help elderly people at home or in Aged Care.
The design and layout of the physical environment; including interior finishes, outdoor spaces, selection of equipment, and room arrangement; have a profound impact on children’s learning and behaviour and on the caregivers’ ability to do their job.
Providing universal access to preschool programs for all three-year-old children could improve academic results in the long term and prevent the learning gap that sees nearly one in four children not ready for school when they start.
Childcare centre naturalized outdoor learning environments (OLEs) stimulate the diversity and the experience of the children’s play time and contribute to their development in a healthy way. Best practice design of OLEs incorporates trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, grasses, edible fruits and vegetables—to connect children with nature and give variety to their outdoor experience.
from My Aged Care website
Our aged care system is currently world class. However, people are living longer thanks to better health and better health care.
By Kate Swaffer
Kate Swaffer explains what people with dementia want from residential care, based on her own experience living with younger onset dementia, as a past care partner advocating for and supporting three people with dementia in residential care, and from feedback she’s gathered during focus groups and interviews with people with dementia around Australia.
By Leah Ferris
The Parliament recently passed legislation that gives effect to the Gillard Government’s Living Longer Living Better reforms. While these reforms will result in significant changes to the current aged care system, discussion has already commenced about the possibility of more reform.