Seniors living and aged care is tipped to become an increasingly hot sector in South East Queensland, with industry commentators predicting a boom in vertical ‘apartment-style’ aged care villages integrated with allied care. The news comes after confirmation that over-50s living provider Palm Lake Group is set to develop its second retirement village on the Sunshine Coast, after receiving council approval for its new Palm Lake Resort at Little Mountain. The group has been gra
A group of Victorian aged care home residents have been left traumatised, after heartless thieves stole their motorised scooters and dumped them in a muddy park last week. Offenders broke into St Albans Park Gardens residential village on Townsend Road in the early hours of last Tuesday, and took off with two mobility scooters, leaving a third left at the security gates of the village. The thieves then drove to a nearby paddock, where they performed burnouts and took the scoo
OLIVER Savage has spent his HSC year fishing, snorkelling and driving boats but he’s not bludging, he’s working hard on his marine studies course. The 18-year-old student at Newman College, Port Macquarie, is one of a growing number of pupils ditching traditional subjects for Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. About 500 of the state’s 70,000 Year 12 students are tackling marine studies as the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) is report
A picture of crying elderly grandparents, separated into different care homes in Canada, is the saddest photo their granddaughter says she has ever taken. A photograph from Canada of a crying elderly couple in wheelchairs, separated into two different care homes after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available together, has received international attention. Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, of Surrey, British Columbia, was put in an assisted living home in January after he suf
Global healthcare group Bupa has pounced on the former Oakleigh South primary school site, paying $23 million for the vacant block which it plans to turn into an aged-care facility. The UK-headquartered group joins a growing list of aged care providers establishing a foothold in Melbourne's wealthy bayside and eastern suburbs to cater for a marked demographic shift in ageing baby boomers. Bupa has 65 aged care centres. Photo: Pat Scala Bupa confirmed it had purchased 1 Beryl
IT felt more like stepping into a cruise ship or boutique hotel than a retirement village when greeted by concierge at Mark Moran’s new retirement, aged care and wellness precinct in Sydney’s exclusive Vaucluse. The Wentworth Courier has gained an exclusive first peek at the luxury $115 million development set to open its doors officially on Thursday night. The expansive 12,000sq precinct located on the site of the old Vaucluse High School, is in stark contrast to the old per
As new information comes to light, it’s becoming clear that the fight to keep the Mullumbimby hospital land retained for community use against the state government will be a hard-fought battle. The land, thought to be gifted to the community in perpetuity generations ago, has moved from Local Health District (LHD) control after the new Byron Central Hospital became operational. As the site was excess to their needs, it was referred to the government organisation that manages
Aggression and agitation top the triggers of the 381 referrals to the new national advisory service for aged care residents experiencing severe dementia-related behaviours, a dementia conference has heard this week. The government established the Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRTs) to provide a second tier of support to the existing Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) for residents experiencing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).
Despite nine years of compulsory reporting, the sector is still in the dark about the prevalence of assaults in aged care and the outcomes of notifications to the police. It happens every year, like clockwork. Government figures showing an annual spike in the number of alleged or suspected assaults reported in residential aged care make headlines in newspapers across the country. While the number of reports represents only around 1 per cent of the total number of residents in
Key changes The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, audits and verifies performance against quality standards through accreditation in residential care and quality reporting in the community. The streamlining of different quality accreditation arrangements across aged care will: create a quality system consistent with best practice regulation better target frequency and scope of quality assessment activities to be risk based and proportionate to the services being assessed.