Tag Archives: aged care

Gastro ‘rife’ in capital this Christmas season


There is a pre-Christmas wave of viral gastroenteritis sweeping the capital this month and miserably for all concerned, party season is probably one of the reasons for its rapid spread.
RiotACT has conducted vox pops around town throughout the week after hearing of many friends and acquaintances being struck down with gastro.
It seems that if you [...]

Open Letter to John Hargreaves on Aged Care

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
All About Care

Hi John.
I would like to respond to your recent RiotACT article on the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities. As the founder of Canberra-based home and community care agency All About Care, I’m a passionate supporter of the aged care, disability and early childhood sectors.
Our beloved industry is in crisis. This will continue [...]

The New Aged Care Reforms. What do they mean for you?

By 9 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

In June 2013 the government passed a number of laws, changing the aged care system. The changes are intended to:
1) increase the options available for those requiring aged care
2) provide flexibility and choice on how residents can pay their accommodation costs
3) align fees for aged care services more closely to individual circumstances.
Many of these reforms [...]

Advice on Residential Aged Care Financial Advisers

By 27 September 2013

I would welcome RiotAct feedback on financial planners with specific skills in aged care residential facilities (low care), not general financial planners.
Undertsanding the financial arrangements is not impossible, but it is also not straight forward either wrt to accommodation bonds, income and asset test impacts.  There are many nuances viz renting an aged person’s property [...]

Helping you to care for a person with dementia at home

By 22 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Did you know that one person in Australia is diagnosed with dementia every six minutes? That’s 1700 new cases every week. As our population ages, more people are being diagnosed with dementia, although it’s not always an aged person’s disease.
Around 15% of people with mild cognitive impairment will progress to having dementia each year. [...]

Fire at Mountain View

By 7 June 2013

ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished a small fire in an electrical switch board at the Mountain View Aged Care Facility, Goyder Street, Narrabundah.
No injuries.
Staff evacuated approximately 15 residents after noticing an electrical smell.
Crews are now conducting ventilation and air monitoring operations and will be departing the scene shortly.
Minimal damage.
Two fire pumpers on scene with [...]

Red Cross wants MORE volunteers

By 23 April 2013

Red Cross are in need of volunteers for the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS).
CVS is for residents of aged care facilities in the ACT and South East NSW region who are socially isolated and whose quality of life would be improved by friendship and companionship. Volunteers are matched with a client for social visits for about [...]

Need at-home aged care?


“…when our mother passed away we promised our father that we would always care for him and would never put him in a home. Unfortunately our father developed Alzheimers Disease. I moved in with him and my brother would come and stay for a few weeks at a time to give me time away. The [...]

Understanding Aged Care

By 21 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Most people want to remain independent throughout retirement and to stay in control of where and how they live. But your ability to do so may depend on your health and physical well being. As we age, some things become harder to do on our own.
For many people navigating the aged care area [...]

Belconnen GP who can talk to my old Dad?

By 10 January 2013

Hi. I am hoping someone can suggest a (preferably male) GP in the inner Belconnen area who is interested in older patients like my dear old Dad and actually has some space to take on a new patient….
It seems an impossible task.

Recommendations for Aged Care Accomodation

By 8 January 2013

The time has come for my 89 year old father and 82 year old mother to move into aged care accomodation – they have both had their ACAT assessments – both low care, however ideally they would like to move into Independent Living for 12 months or so before moving into low care accomodation. 
I [...]

And the Greens get into the wrinklefest

By 18 September 2012

Not to be left behind with announceables for the aged the Greens Amanda Bresnan has joined in:
The ACT Greens Older Person’s initiative includes new announcements of:
– the Older Person’s Assembly being held twice in the next four years; and
– $1.25m in new funding to expand Advanced Care Planning.
Because the Canberra Times, the Legislative Assembly, and [...]

Duelling wrinklies plans as Katy also unveils

By 18 September 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has also announced her package to woo the aged:
if re-elected ACT Labor will provide $5.21 million over four years to support older Canberrans to be valued and engaged members of our community and help reduce their cost of living.
Our commitment to older Canberrans includes:
– $620,000 to lower the qualifying age for the [...]

Zed looking after the wrinklies

By 18 September 2012

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has announced his “Seniors Plan”:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will establish a land bank for aged care accommodation and retirement villages, re-establish the Office of Ageing in the Chief Minister’s Department, review seniors’ concessions for retirement village residents and conduct a seniors’ [...]

Has anyone used “Aged Care Connect” in Canberra?

By 2 August 2012

I am just starting the process of moving my elderly parents into a retirement village. 
I found an organisation on the web called “Aged Care Connect” that says they can help you negotiate the aged care system, help with the paperwork etc.
Have any rioters had any experience with this business?

Murder at the Jindalee Aged Care Residence

By 25 January 2012

A post-mortem on the 94-year-old man from the Jindalee Aged Care Residence has confirmed the death was not consistent with natural causes.
He appeared to have suffered facial injuries. Further pathology tests will be undertaken to determine the exact cause of death.
ACT Policing continue to investigate the suspicious death of the man.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]

Suspicious death in a nursing home

By 22 January 2012

ACT Policing is investigating the circumstances around the death of an elderly male at a Narrabundah nursing home this morning.
The elderly resident was located by staff earlier today at the Upper Jindalee Nursing Home.
Police are treating the death as suspicious.
AFP Forensics and detectives from Criminal Investigations are in attendance.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]

Much ado about Calwell?

By 26 October 2011

Earlier this month it was suggested that Calwell is full of jerks.
Today it’s the centre of controversy in the Legislate Assembly.
The Greens have celebrated their amendment of a Liberal motion surrounding the suburb:
“Today the Canberra Liberals presented a motion to the Assembly to prevent the development of much needed aged care facilities for [...]

Healthcare smartcards rolling out of Calvary

By 12 July 2011

The ABC has a piece on Calvary Hospital’s launch of smartcards holding health records for their patients.
The cards will contain vital clinical information and patients will decide who can have access to the material.
The $4.8 million scheme is being developed by Calvary Health Care – one of of a number of organisations to lead [...]

ACTPLA knock back Red Hill aged care

By 30 June 2011

The ACT Planning and Land Authority have announced they’ve put the kibosh on the redevelopment of the Morling Lodge aged care facility in Red Hill.
The proposed 114 unit construction has been deemed to be not in keeping with the august surrounds.

Looking for Oldies

By 27 July 2010

I have an 81yo grandmother that is looking for someone to play with !
She’s looking for someone in her age bracket who likes to laugh, to play board games like upwords, card games like skip-bo, and who likes to go to lunch, and see movies – sci-fi/action etc, not chick flicks or horror.
She drives, but [...]

Finding an aged care visiting GP?

By 19 July 2010

The sad state of aged care in the ACT is a rant for another time, however, having just negotiated the challenge of finding and moving my mother from her home in Tuggeranong to a care facility in Belconnen we come to the next major hurdle.
The facility strongly prefers that she have a GP that will [...]

Ground broken to get the young persons with a disability out of Aged Care

By 15 July 2009

It’s been to Australia’s shame that for many years now young people with severe disability have been shoved into aged care facilities and promptly forgotten. If your idea of fun is playing Halo 3 with the volume all the way up there can be issues with fitting in.
The ACT Minister for Disability and Community Services, [...]

Goodwin mega facility gets the sod-turn in Monash

By 30 July 2008

The Chief Minister is celebrating the start of construction of another huge Goodwin aged-care facility.
This latest one is down in Monash.

Luxury aged care facilities opened

By 14 May 2008

Australia Aging Agenda online is reporting that Canberra’s first ‘luxury’ aged care home has been officially opened by the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot and the ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope.
The $29 million Goodwin House was developed by Goodwin Aged Care Services to provide a new style of aged care accommodation for older people in [...]

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