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New study finds ways to reduce hospital readmissions from aged care

An intervention approach that involves structured visits to healthcare professionals for nursing home residents after hospital discharge halves their chance of readmission and visits to emergency rooms, according to new research by UNSW. A collaborative study between researchers at UNSW Medicine’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), the Department of Aged Care at St George Hospital, and Calvary Health Care has developed an intervention for nursing home residents following hospital discharge which has resulted in almost two thirds fewer hospital readmissions. The findings, which were published in the March issue of JAMDA, highlight the importance of follow through care of nursing home patients after hospital discharge, an aspect of care generally neglected in this group. Lead author on the paper and senior lecturer at UNSW and senior staff specialist at St George and Calvary Hospitals, Dr Nicholas Cordato, said that re-hospitalisation of nursing home residents is frequent, costly, potentially avoidable and associated with poor survival and diminished quality of life. “Lack of specialist clinical input within facilities is a key factor,” said Dr Cordato. Mindful of these issues, the collaboration developed the Regular Early Assessment Post-Discharge (REAP) intervention of coordinated specialist geriatrician and nurse practitioner evaluation and management of nursing home residents who have been recently discharged from hospital. The intervention consists of seven regular monthly conjoint geriatrician and nurse practitioner nursing home visits of nursing home residents for the first...

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Commonwealth funding for new Signature Care facility

Work has commenced on a new 144-bed residential care home in Grafton, following a funding boost from the Commonwealth Government. Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, and the Member for Page, National Party deputy speaker, Kevin Hogan, visited the site where Signature Care Pty Ltd will build the new facility, after securing $9.36 million in annual funding to support running costs. “The Turnbull Government’s commitment has been the springboard for a significant investment that will ensure more local seniors have access to high-quality, higher-level aged care services,” Minister Wyatt said. “Aged care facilities in regional centres like Grafton are vital to help ensure senior Australians can stay close to their families and friends and the communities they have built their lives around.” Grafton was identified as having a high need for additional residential places in the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round, with funding committed to Signature Care for the operation of 108 general access beds and 36 dementia priority access beds. Mr Hogan said the investment would create almost 170 permanent new full time and part time operational positions, plus extra employment in aged care support services. “These jobs are in addition to those that will be supported during the construction phase,” Mr Hogan said. “Signature Care estimates the new aged care facility will contribute almost $8 million a year to the local economy. “We will not only...

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Aged Care Guild announces new CEO

The Aged Care Guild has announced its new CEO, who will commence on 1 June. Matthew Richter will take the helm of the influential peak body, which now represents eight of Australia’s largest aged care providers following the departure of Estia Health last year. Chairman of the Aged Care Guild, Ross Johnston, confirmed Mr Richter will take over from interim CEO, Lee Hill. “On behalf of our members, I want to welcome Matthew to the Aged Care Guild,” Mr Johnston said. “We believe his wealth of experience in the government, health and financial sectors will serve the Guild well...

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New digital talking book about dementia

A new digital talking book that gives information on dementia in plain English aims to make important information easily accessible for people with dementia and carers. Bolton Clarke’s Information on Dementia in English talking book, developed with Dementia Australia and released this week, is a multi-media tool that can be viewed or listened to on a computer, mobile phone or tablet. It is the seventh in a series of publications that support health literacy across diverse client groups, and was co-designed with support from Alfred Health, Dementia Australia clients and carers, the Care Connect Aboriginal Social Support Group in Laverton, Victoria and the Balee Aboriginal Social Support Group in Hastings, Victoria. Bolton Clarke’s previous digital talking books include Information on Dementia in Vietnamese, co-designed with Vietnamese groups in Melbourne including people from different regions in Vietnam, Information on Medicines in English and Information on Diabetes in Italian, Greek, Vietnamese and Macedonian. Diversity Manager Jaklina Michael said the latest project involved about 12 months of consultation and design and was designed to be accessible for everyone, including people with low general literacy, disabilities such as vision impairment and people who would receive the information through an interpreter. “The resource is designed for people who have concerns about memory issues or have recently had a dementia diagnosis and their families and carers,” she said. It includes topics like diagnosis, dementia and communication, dementia and behavior, self-care information for people with dementia, safety,...

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