Australia is an ageing population. As the population ages, the incidence of disability also increases proportionately. If you're looking to support an ageing family member or work within the residential and community aged care environment, you need to understand more about how to manage and support the ageing with disabilities.
"Really enjoying the course! I’ve learnt so much in such a short time. I can’t wait to pursue a career in this industry; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m very glad this course was recommended to me, I’ll be recommending it to my friends and family too." - Mikala
At this point in time, much needs to be done to improve the services available to those who are ageing with a disability. People who are ageing with a disability often require access to both disability and aged care services. But rather than easy service and support pathways, they encounter bureaucratic barriers and dead-ends.
That's why we have developed this aged care & disability course to help people from all walks of life and to help support the ageing population with disabilities.
More than one-quarter of a million people (282,000) were using residential care (permanent or respite), home care or transition care services in Australia on 30 June 2018. In addition, in 2017–18 more than 783,000 people were assisted in their home under the Commonwealth Home Support Program. This is a growing industry with considerable job opportunities across Australia.
Please check with your state department for the relevant checks and permissions that may be required to work in this industry.
Changes in Client/Resident Health
On top of your identifying variations in personal care and aid requirements, you also have a responsibility to identify and report any variations or concerns you have regarding a client/resident’s health. Remember that in some cases, early detection is vital and will increase the person’s chance of recovery. Reports may be done verbally (particularly if it is urgent), however they must always be followed-up with written documentation.
Variations the client’s physical condition may include:
• Weight loss or weight gain
• The client reporting that they feel unwell
• Aches and/or pains
• Skin conditions
• Changes in skin tone or colour
• Oral health anomalies
• Nail status
• Swelling of feet or ankles
• Frequent influenza
• Gastrointestinal problems
• Vision or hearing problems
• Urinary issues.
It is important that as soon as you are made aware of anything that varies from the client/resident’s Care Plan, or any health concerns, that you document this and report it immediately to your Supervisor or Manager for follow up. It is important that the person’s situation is addressed as soon as possible so that their Personal Care Plan can be adjusted with minimal impact on the older person.
Our aim is to maximise the older person’s quality of life, so early detection and reporting of any changes it a critical aspect of support when working in aged care.
Monitoring the Use of Aids & Equipment
Whilst it is the responsibility of your organisation and yourself to maximise the older person’s abilities and capacity through environmental modifications or the provision of adaptive equipment, there will be occasions where this is not possible or where such modifications and equipment may have a negative impact upon the older person. As an Aged Care Worker, you have a responsibility to identify any variations in the personal care support requirements and/or aid requirements of your clients, and report them accordingly. This enables the organisation to make the necessary arrangements to have the person reassessed and their equipment/aids altered to meet their changing needs and preferences. Keep in mind that the Care Plan is developed to meet the client’s needs, preferences and goals at the time of development, so they will need constant review as these things change over time.
If you would like to preview this aged care & disability course in more detail, click on DEMO above or call our team on 1300 611 404. You may also be interested in this similar course - click here.