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RSL LifeCare sets new standards in innovation and care

The latest residential care facility to open in western Sydney is setting a new standard for technology and innovation to support residents’ safety and wellbeing. The John Edmondson VC Gardens centre, owned by RSL LifeCare was officially opened by the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM last week. “Technology will never replace the dedication and service of trusted care and health professionals but it can support them to provide even better and more efficient care,” Minister Wyatt said. “I would encourage the consideration of useful innovations like these across our aged care sector.” The centre includes: Bedroom laser beam, floor sensor and trip light technology to alert staff Sensors that monitor and report on residents’ locations A smart medication management system to maximise medication safety Access to health specialists through video conferencing A virtual reality social program providing animal therapy through a friendly robotic pet called Seals “As we age, it can be hard to maintain our social connections, and that’s not good for our mental or physical wellbeing,” Minister Wyatt said. “RSL LifeCare recognises this and works to ensure all of their residents are welcome members of a community, founded on respect, with connections to our armed forces.” The new centre which provides high and low care for 64 residents and is described by RSL LifeCare as “an elegant, comfortable and secure environment. Accommodation includes private rooms with ensuite...

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Next upgrade to focus on home care packages

The next upgrade to the My Aged Care Gateway will be released in December, the Department of Health has advised, with enhancements to address issues related to home care packages. While specific information about which issues will be remedied in the upgrade have not yet been provided, providers will be able to attend workshops expected to take place in December and February in preparation for further system releases in 2018. The proposed enhancements will focus on: streamlining the assessment process for older people, improving their experience by enabling more assessments to be completed and more quickly supporting health professionals, including general practitioners, to start making referrals to My Aged Care directly from their client management systems – a necessary first step in greater integration with health information improving processes and systems for clients in rural and remote areas to improve timeliness of assessment. The upgrades follow an additional $20 million allocated in the 2017 Budget to improve My Aged Care, which the Department says have been identified through detailed co-design. The Government has also committed $2.8 million to scope future investment to keep pace with the increasing demands of an ageing...

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Sensors to reduce workplace injuries

Japara has announced it will be rolling out new wearable technology to its staff to help reduce workplace injuries. DorsaVi’s “myVisafe” sensors are stuck to a person’s back or shoulders to measure a worker’s movements and identify potential exposure to injuries through repetitive movements involved in manual handling. The data is fed back to a worker’s phone or tablet app to suggest improvements to daily practices. “The sensors allow for the company to monitor staff on a more regular basis and do spot checks to make personal training more effective,” marketing officer Megan Connell said. “Data collected is more...

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New laws for village operators in Queensland

Queensland State Parliament has passed new laws to simplify retirement village contracts and “increase transparency in the relationships between retirement village operators and the residents”, according to Housing Minister Mick de Brenni. Amongst the changes there will be a two-stage, 21-day contract process, transparency around fees, more frequent valuations on unsold units, and a requirement that entitlements be paid out within 18 months of leaving. The Bill was passed with bipartisan support on Wednesday night. “Given our rapidly ageing population and increasing need to provide more aged care and nursing home facilities, these issues need close attention to ensure regulations are working so that elderly and vulnerable Queensland and their families are not being ripped off by unscrupulous operators,”Opposition housing and public works spokesman Stephen Bennett said. “While residents might say we haven’t gone far enough, and operators might say we have gone too far – I believe we’ve found a good balance that protects our most vulnerable and elderly Queenslanders and still supports a healthy retirement environment. “These sensible reforms will go a long way towards a...

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ASIC “looking more closely at aged care, financial management”

A taskforce charged with reviewing ASIC’s enforcement powers has recommended drastic increases in financial penalties in place to address corporate and financial sector misconduct. According to business reports, the taskforce noted inconsistencies and inadequate deterrents in the current model, and has proposed to increase maximum penalties for both civil and criminal cases under the Corporations Act 2001. In the case of corporations, it has recommended a maximum civil penalty be set at $2.65 million or three times the value of benefits obtained or 10 per cent of annual turnover (whichever is higher). The taskforce also called for criminal offences under the Corporations Act to attract a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, $945,000 in fines or an amount three times the benefits gained in the case of individuals. For criminal offences, in the case of corporations it was recommended the most serious offences attract fines of $9.45 million, three times the benefits gained or 10 per cent annual turnover. Meanwhile the Deputy Chair of ASIC, Peter Kell, said in an interview, the announced regulatory reforms of financial advice “have been directed primarily at lifting the standards of individual advisers, improving the quality of advice and “driving out the problem players” to help improve trust and confidence in the industry.” “ASIC recently has been looking at aspects of advice in the interface between financial management and aged care,” he said. “These...

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