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Therapy News: Home Modifications Can Help Older Australians Age In Place But There Are Challenges

Therapy News: Home Modifications

Elderly Australians wanting home care (including home modifications) are likely to wait longer.

From 2017 to 2018 the number of senior Australians on the waiting list for home care assistance and modifications increased by almost 40 per cent.

According to figures released by the Department of Health not only did people wait fr services, they were also waiting longer than the previous year.

Home Care Assistance/ Modification Waiting Time Numbers

  • 121,418 (People on waiting list as of June 2018)
  • 88,904 (People on waiting list as of June 2017)
  • 55,227 (People on waiting list with highest care needs)
  • 84,971 (People in home care packages as of March 2018)

In short, people with the highest care needs represented the most people on the waiting list for service. It is therefore critical to consider the small and potentially low cost actions to help live better at home.

Source: LASA Analysis: Responding to the home care packages wait-list crisis

Bathroom Modifications Are Key For Most People Who Want To Age In Place

According to recently published study on where people living in retirement see themselves living.… .. Click here to read the rest

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Occupational Therapy Can Reduce Hospital Fall Rates

Occupational Therapy Can Reduce Hospital Fall Rates

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) believes that occupational therapy can reduce the number of falls patients suffer while in the hospital or treatment facility.

The NHS reported that the cost of treating a patient after a fall is £2,600 (over $4,400AUD), and that in-hospital patient falls may account for as much as one-quarter of the £2.3 billion (nearly $4 billion AUD) total care costs associated with fall-related injuries in hospitals.

77 percent of those who sustained falls while in hospital care were 65 years of age or older. This is particularly alarming as falls later in one’s life can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life.

Occupational therapists would play a vital role in advising hospitals and treatment facilities on necessary safety improvements in their wards to ensure that patients are not put at a greater risk of suffering a fall.

The NHS feels that such interventions could help prevent thousands of falls each year, which would improve health care outcomes for patients as well as save health services resources and money.… .. Click here to read the rest

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8 Simple Safety Checks To Reduce Your Client’s Falls Risks In The Home

A Free Online Training Event For In Home Care Workers and Key Care Personnel: How You Can Reduce Your Client’s Falls Risks In The Home

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As a carer you work closely with your clients be it walking, moving from sitting to standing or in and out of the shower all of which can be a risky activity. A person’s ability to do these everyday tasks can change. What works today can be very different on your next shift.

A fear many carers have, maybe much like you, is to have a client fall during your shift.  After a fall, as a carer,  you may experience a sense of helplessness and a loss of confidence in your skill and,  this no doubt ,can really affect you . You’d appreciate having a client fall is not a scenario you want to experience, especially if you can predict if it may happen.

So what can you do to identify falls risk? How can you be more sensitive to the change in your client?… .. Click here to read the rest

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