Residential Aged Care

Invitation to attend:  Time of Dying Webinar Series

An invitation is extended to General Practitioners and other interested health professionals to attend these CPD approved education events on end of life in Palliative Care.  CLICK HERE!  for details

 Please print off and let your staff know .. It’s free!

AGED CARE  COVID-19  INFORMATION

Mental Health Support for the Aged Care Sector

On Monday 27 July 2020, industry released The Guiding Principles for residential aged care – keeping Victorian residents and workers safe (the Principles) with the support of Government, peak bodies and unions.

Support is available to aged care workers whose regular working arrangements have changed as a result of the Principles. These workers can get free counselling services from Converge International.

CLICK HERE!  for information regarding services that have been implemented to support the aged care sector staff.

Taking a resident home from residential aged care in an outbreak

  • This DHHS factsheet is for residential aged care facilities (RACF) in Victoria.

During an outbreak in a RACF, sometimes residents and their families request that the resident be cared for at home. This information is for residents, families, carers, representatives and RACF providers to help guide their decision making.

 

Educational Materials on the NIKI T34 Syringe Driver (14 August 2020)

Updated Guidelines on PPE ( 3 August 2020)

There is updated guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services on the correct usage and type of PPE to be worn by all healthcare workers.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Advice on use of PPE/ Masks in RACFs 13 July 2020 … CLICK HERE!
  • Where to get PPE when there is a suspected/ confirmed case of COVID-19. Please send an email to the following address detailing the outbreak in your facility… agedcareCOVIDPPE@health.gov.au
  • Online training for the correct use and fitting of PPE … CLICK HERE!

RACF COVID-19 SCREENING TOOL

Other Information

Online Infection Control Training

Further Information and Resources

Sustainability

  • A Link Nurse Network has been established to share ideas and resources across RACFs via PATSI meetings
  • Linkages with Key Stakeholders to ensure shared resources and common goals and identify activities that support the implementation of the processes
  • Ongoing training on ‘Palliative Approach’ is planned for facilities across the Southern Region and expressions of interest
  • The website will continue to post relevant links, resources and information

Current Activities

The current aged care project worker is Jane Newbound.

Jane has extensive experience in the aged care sector and is currently approaching facilities in the Southern Metropolitan region to participate in the Deceased Resident File Audit Project.

Jane is contactable via the following:

Email: jane.newbound@smrpcc.org.au

Mobile:  0433418010

Currently the consortium has a focus on supporting RACFs to review their current practices around the provision of palliative care. The Deceased Resident File Audit assists facilities to develop their auditing skills. By reviewing the files of deceased residents, facilities can identify their current practice standards and opportunities for improvement.

In addition, the project worker can assist facilities to review their documentation, policies and procedures, resources and educational requirements. In addition, the relationship with specialist palliative care and residential in-reach teams can be strengthened.

On site education and support can be offered to project participants, with the intended outcome of improved palliative experiences for residents, family and staff.

Resources

To view Aged Care resources CLICK HERE!