• From the CEO

    Who should pay for aged care?

    The sensitive question about who should pay for aged care continues to perplex governments, providers and consumers alike. A recent discussion paper by the University of Technology Sydney Ageing Research Collaborative (UARC), reopened the debate. One approach put forward by UARC is to require consumers who have the capacity to pay to make fair contributions … Continued

    Re-engaging with Volunteers

    Last week, we celebrated National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to thank the people who make our community stronger, especially in times of need. Volunteering brings people together, creating a better society for everyone. The selfless contributions of around 900,000 volunteers in South Australia are an essential part of the fabric of our community. They play … Continued

    Veterans in focus

    On ANZAC Day, we have the opportunity to show our respect for the many sacrifices and contributions made by veterans and their families to our country and our way of life. As the veteran community ages, a proportion have complex care needs that require additional, more intensive support. When a veteran has a need, support … Continued

    No clarity on funding – an anxious wait

    This week, the second Aged Care Royal Commission Response Bill is again before the Senate. It includes a new case-mix funding model for residential aged care, called AN-ACC, planned to be introduced on 1 October 2022. This model requires additional funding to support an increase in care minutes and incorporates the $10 per resident per … Continued

    Thank you to everyone who cares

    The dedicated and committed people who work in the aged care sector inspire me every day. We began to see the first Omicron cases in aged care just before Christmas, following the opening of the South Australian border in late November. As the number of cases in the community increased, so did the cases in … Continued

    Will aged care see the funding it was promised?

    It is almost a year since the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released its final report, which was the culmination of 28 months of work, with over 10,500 submissions. In May 2021, the Australian Government announced a $17.7 billion aged care reform package over five years. The aged care reform was built … Continued

    The Facts

    Resthaven prides itself on providing outstanding care and support for older people and their carers. Recent misleading and biased reporting in the mainstream media is most disappointing. I’d like to provide some background and correct any misconceptions that may have been caused by an article that implied that Resthaven’s senior leaders are profiting from the … Continued

    Supporting Informal Carers

    Many older people would prefer to stay in their own homes as they age. To do this, some may require the support of their spouse, family or friends. Even though they may not recognise the term themselves, these support people are known as ‘informal carers’ by government bodies and service providers, to distinguish them from … Continued

    Remembering everyone | CEO opinion piece

    How many times have you heard someone remark, “I never want to end up in a nursing home”? You may have even said it yourself. With the recent release of home care packages, more people than ever have the opportunity to receive the support they need in their own home. However; there are others, who … Continued

    The digital divide widens | CEO opinion piece

    The digital divide between people with access to the internet, smart phones and personal computers, and those who don’t, is widening all the time. It doesn’t take long for new technologies to become confusing, especially when you are not exposed to them on a regular basis. Many older people had retired well before there was … Continued

    Aged Care leads the way | CEO opinion piece

    As the nation continues to progress towards the 80% target for COVID-19 vaccination, it is worth acknowledging that apart from a relatively small number of exceptions, residential aged care workers have already achieved 100% for their first dose.  Meanwhile, aged care staff who work in the community are also well on the way to being … Continued

    Making a difference in the lives of older people

    Ask anyone working in aged care and they will tell you that it is the older people they support who give them the most joy. The close bonds that are formed, the stories and jokes they share, the kindness and gratitude expressed for the care and support provided means a great deal. There are countless … Continued

    What really drives behaviour? | CEO Opinion piece

    Why is that we don’t always do the things that we know are good for us? Each year people commit to New Year’s resolutions only to cast them aside months, weeks or even days into the year. Whether our resolution is to exercise more, lose weight, drink less or invest more time in ourselves, we … Continued

    Ageism in all its forms | CEO opinion piece

    In March this year, the World Health Organisation released its Global Report on Ageism. It found that one in two people are ageist against older people. This is confronting and many people would probably dispute this fact. However; if we reflect honestly on today’s society, we can see that ageism is far more pervasive than … Continued

    The priceless contribution of volunteers | CEO opinion piece

    Last week, we celebrated National Volunteer Week, giving us the opportunity to thank the people who make our community stronger. With almost six million people volunteering in Australia, they play a vital role in our lives, especially in times of need. The global pandemic has had a significant impact upon volunteers, particularly in aged care. … Continued

    Let’s not forget older Australians | CEO opinion piece

    On Anzac Day we have the opportunity to pay our respect and honour those who served our country during times of conflict. It is a privilege to hear the stories of courage and resilience from people who may now, deservedly, receive aged care and support services. It was pleasing that the government has recognised the … Continued

    It’s time to show we care about aged care | CEO opinion piece

    The final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is both encouraging and upsetting for the people who currently work, live or receive aged care services. It is pleasing that the report has a strong focus on delivering care into people’s homes, and this has been acknowledged by government. People want … Continued

    Time to show you care about aged care | CEO opinion piece

    After more than two years of thorough investigation, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety delivered its final report to the government on Friday 26 February 2021. It reveals that many older people are not receiving the care that they need and deserve, and that the Australian community expects. Over the past two … Continued

    For once our elders are being put first

    As the Australian government prepares to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to people living in aged care homes, disability specific accommodation, and to our frontline workers, the inevitable discussion of choice is being raised. It makes perfect sense to want to protect our loved ones from any future risk or harm. The Therapeutic Goods Administration … Continued

    A Watchful Wait

    The first few months of 2021 will be a testing time for the aged care sector, waiting for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Recent clusters of COVID-19 in the Eastern states have highlighted the importance of remaining vigilant. For the front-line workers in aged care, this means continuing with visitor screening at residential aged … Continued