Technology – the Future of Aged Care?

At Twilight Aged Care we are always on the lookout for new and better ways of providing holistic care for our residents. Technology already plays an important role in what we do, but as leaders in aged care we are fascinated by the possibilities it will offer care homes in the not too distant future. As Australia faces the challenge of an ageing population, technology is going to play a key role in shaping the future of aged care.

Not that long ago, ‘digitisation’ and ‘going paperless’ were the mantra of IT consultants in the health and care sectors. Today, bodies like the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council (ACIITC) are calling for a wider focus, looking at scalable solutions that will meet the needs of the care providers – and those who receive care – that go far beyond digital storage.
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Dementia Awareness Month

At Twilight Aged Care, we deliver expert care for residents with dementia on a daily basis, and part of our mission is to keep as up-to-date as possible on dementia care and how to manage the disease. As a result, we are very much looking forward to Dementia Awareness Month, which takes place throughout September 2017 and has plenty to offer.

Events are being held across Australia to promote awareness and understanding, and to support people with dementia as well as their relatives and carers. We have listed some of our highlights below.
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Facing the Challenge of an Ageing Population

We all think about our future, and that of our elderly loved ones. With so many Australians enjoying a longer life expectancy than ever before, the increased demand for a higher standard of aged care is imminent. What this means for Australia, on a practical level, is that more of us will require aged care for a longer period of time.

Twilight Aged Care provides compassionate care for our residents, taking the time to understand their concerns and those of their relatives. In response, we’ve devised a program of works that will stand us in good stead for the decades ahead, including the planned refurbishment of our Glengarry facility and redevelopment of the historical Jamison House at Beecroft.
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Interview with Helene Francois, Administration Officer

Find out more about our newest staff member’s very interesting and diverse professional and personal background…

What are your qualifications or current studies?

I have a degree in Packaging Engineering and Technology. I worked in that field for 16 years with some large multinational companies. When I decided to change direction, I saw an opportunity to apply my skills and experience to Operations Management and Administrative Support.

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Preventing Falls

How to prevent falls in the elderly, and what to do when falls occur

With Fall Prevention Week coming up next month on 22-28 September, it’s an excellent time to consider making your home fall-free for your elderly loved ones. At Twilight Aged Care, we care not just for our residents but for all elderly people in our community, so we have put together some thoughts and advice that can help you take steps towards reducing the often-devastating risks of a fall.
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Volunteers in Focus

Twilight has been part of an important volunteer program with Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MS) that has greatly benefited residents. Known as the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) and funded by the Australian Government, MS plays a vital role in providing companionship for people living in Aged Care Homes or living in their own homes and receiving care.

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Twilight Residents Out and About

It’s been a busy social calendar this past quarter for residents of Twilight Aged Care, with musicals, morning teas, farewells and more. Our Recreational Activity Officers (RAOs) are always looking for ways to strengthen partnerships with community groups such as local schools as this brings mutual benefits to our residents and the community.

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HR NEWS: Learning and Development

Twilight has some wonderful learning and education programs currently being rolled out. The ‘We Are Twilight’ series of workshops, facilitated by our Workplace Trainer, Geraldine Koh have been well attended and the results are already being noted throughout the homes with employees displaying a renewed sense of purpose and understanding of the four key Twilight values and their meaning. This is a mandatory training program which began in April and is carried out over two phases. Series 2 will begin next financial year and rollout will begin in 2018. Series 2 is about creating a ‘learning’ organisation.

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