The Infection Control Toolbox is a set of themed links accessible from a single site which aims to help the Healthcare Worker access relevant infection control information quickly. By 1 December , each residential aged care facility must have appointed a nurse to be the lead person for infection prevention and control. More information is available here. Aged Care residents frequently have co-existing illnesses which increases their risk of serious complications if they contract COVID They may present with atypical signs and symptoms.
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Opinion piece: Australian residential aged care and the quality of nursing care provision
Objectives: To assess the quality of care given to elderly people and compare the care given to residents in nursing homes with those living in their own homes. Design: Controlled observational study. Setting: Primary care, Bristol. Main outcome measures: The quality of clinical care given to patients was measured against explicit standards. Quality indicators were derived from national sources and agreed with participating general practitioners.
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Like many developed countries Australia is also faced with the problem of ageing population, thus making policy and health care for the aged a priority for the Australian government. Various policy measures have been undertaken by the government aimed to provide social support or residential health care or care through discounting services for the aged. While some policies have been successful the others have been faced with implementation challenges or deficiencies in the policy.
Background: Choice of food is an imperative aspect of quality of life for residents in Residential Aged Care Homes RACHs , where overall choice and control is diminished upon entering a home to receive care. The purpose of this study was to examine the current strategies of menu planning in a range of RACHs in Australia, and whether this facilitated appropriate levels of choice for residents receiving texture modified and general diets. Results: Choice was low for the entire sample, but particularly for those receiving pureed texture modified diets. Evidence of menu planning to facilitate the inclusion of choice and alternatives was limited. Discussion: Regulation and monitoring of the Australian Aged Care Accreditation Standards needs to be strengthened to mandate improvement of the choice and variety offered to residents, particularly those on pureed texture modified diets.