Residential Aged Care Communiqué
Editions of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué
Welcome to the third edition of the year. This edition examines the plight of young people who live in residential aged care services (RACS). No, that statement is not an oxymoron. There is a significant number of young people, defined as those under the age of 65 years, who rely on RACS for accommodation and care. The appropriateness of this existing arrangement and the availability of realistic alternative options are hotly debated.
Welcome to the second edition of the year, one that features a new editor and a single RACC theme that despite its existence, is one that is seldom talked about. Our guest editor is Briony Jain (nee Murphy) who recently completed her PhD on suicide in residential aged care services. In this edition, we draw on two coronial cases – one from Australia and another from Canada, that highlight this complex and troubling theme.
The Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Monash University have developed this tool to assist RACS in the implementation of the recommendations arising from adverse events resulting in death or serious injury. The register covers the topics from our recent review with the 104 recommendations for Choking, Medications, Physical Restraint, Respite, Resident-on-Resident Aggression, Suicide and Unexplained Absences.
Welcome to 2018 which looks like it will be busier than last year for the whole aged care sector. This first issue of the year focuses on falls and is the third time in 10-years that we have addressed this perennial concern. The risk of falls confronts every older person, in every aged care facility, in every country. Despite some gains in prevention, and better post-fall management, the harm from falls remains a major cause of injury and injury-related deaths in older persons and residents.
Please find below some of the presentations from this year’s RACC Seminar held on 24/11/17 Presentations Caring for a person with Dementia: Download here Presented by Anne Fairhall, Consumer representative Wintringham Williamstown Specialist Aged Care: Download here by Danny Stevens, Wintringham Specialist Aged Care New Approaches to managing wandering: Download here by Professor Elizabeth Beattie and […]
Welcome to the final issue of the RACC for 2017. It has been an amazingly busy year with residential aged care often being in the news. This is a mixed blessing as it highlights the dedication of staff and the need for change, but it also creates an atmosphere of fear and dread for those older residents and their families.
This report is the culmination of an in-depth analysis of injury-related deaths of residents living in accredited Australian RACS. The seven topics of focus comprised: choking; medication; physical restraint; resident-to-resident aggression (RRA); respite; suicide; and unexplained absence.
The death of Florida nursing home residents whose air-conditioning failed last week during Hurricane Irma highlights the tragic consequences of some of our most vulnerable citizens during a natural disaster.
Head over to The Conversation where Professor Joseph Ibrahim has published an insightful article on the tragic dilemma of whether to evacuate a nursing home caught up in a natural disaster.