Positive ageing needs to become a priority for aged care facilities, especially over the next few years as the Australian population continues to age.
Accommodating positive ageing is a simple consideration for providers, and requires little change to operations.
As the name implies, positive ageing is a term used to describe ageing as well as keeping a positive attitude, staying fit, healthy and engaged. While circumstances may present obstacles to positive ageing, aged care providers need to work towards facilitating the process.
A survey carried out by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) found Australians experienced a number of problems and challenges as a result of age. The respondents identified maintaining health, social networks, financial security and sadness as key issues.
Aged care providers can play a key role in mitigating these issues, as current aged care facilities are highly advanced and can accommodate a wide variety of lifestyles.
Providers will need to ensure that the health and wellbeing of residents is accounted for through use of skilled workers, and through establishing social activities for residents.
The government has made allowances for the coming aged care changes, with the introduction of a positive ageing agenda. Further changes are expected over the next few years, as aged population growth continues.
"Aged care reform will be implemented in stages. This will enable consumers and providers to gain early benefits from key changes, while ensuring they have time to adapt and plan ahead for further reforms," a spokesperson from the Department of Social Services said.
Positive ageing needs to become a key consideration for aged care providers. Ensuring residents are happy is one of the best ways to attract new residents.
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