The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) recently released a new resource for Aged Care Workers about HIV and ageing.
A survey found that 68 per cent of respondents, representing a cross-section of the aged care sector, had never had any training on HIV.
The 12-page booklet offers practical, plain English information and advice so that aged care workers can arm themselves with the knowledge they need to deliver quality care to people living with HIV.
The booklet, which was created in collaboration with the aged care workforce and funded by the Department of Health, contains information about:
- The Simple Facts about HIV
- Who has HIV?
- Treatments for HIV
- Infection prevention and control in the workplace
- How HIV affects the ageing process
- Stigma and discrimination
- Residents’ Legal Rights and Responsibilities
Go to www.ashm.org.au to download the pdf
ACON and the Commonwealth Government of the day (2012) released a Strategy on the Ageing and Aged Care for the LGBTI population. Read it here (Link will open in a new window)
Australian Catholic University Professor Ruth Webber and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Barbara Bowers have combined 10 years of research in the creation of a website on Intellectual Disability & Ageing. Both said they were delighted and surprised by how far the results of their research had reached. Professor Bowers is the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an honorary appointment as an Adjunct Professor at ACU. She is developing a revised version of the website for the State of Wisconsin which has mandated that all carers working in the field of Disability and Aged Care services are to complete the training developed by the two professors.
In 2010 Professor Webber, Professor Bowers and Professor Christine Bigby from La Trobe University received an Australian Research Council-funded Linkage Project Increasing organisational capacity of community residential units to facilitate ageing in place for people with intellectual disability. The project led to the development of a training program and manual for staff working in the aged care and disability services sectors, with a particular focus on ageing residents with intellectual disability.
Previous research projects had found that due to a lack of training and resources, carers were sending people to nursing homes prematurely because they were afraid of not being able to provide adequate levels of care. The project set out to give staff resources and training to support residents staying in their group home longer. The Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) was impressed by the project results and saw that the training programs and manuals had the capacity to reach a broader audience. In 2012 DHS Victoria gave Professor Webber and Professor Bowers the funding required to develop a training and educational website. All three researchers have extensive national and international experience in the issues surrounding aged care, such as public policy, the professional development of carers, and caring for people with intellectual disability and each has conducted acclaimed research on the aged care sector.
The Intellectual Disability & Ageing website aims to increase organisational capacity of community residential units to facilitate ageing in place for people with intellectual disability.
Intellectual Disability and Ageing
Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS)
Aged Care Australia – My Aged Care
Transition from Community to Nursing Home Care
Transitioning from community into nursing home care
Making the decision to admit a loved one to a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) is one of the most distressing and difficult decisions a family can make. There may be anxiety and distress around making the right decision and this can be compounded by confusion, resistance and a caring family’s grief at ‘losing’ their loved one. The realisation that there are no other choices is extremely difficult to bear especially if moving into a RACF was the last thing your loved one wanted.