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The views and opinions expressed in our blog series are those of the authors and are not necessarily supported by CareSearch, Flinders University and/or the Australian Government Department of Health.
Learning a loved one has a terminal illness is a tragic and unforgettable moment, made even more challenging for those who have studied the disease and know what to expect. In her guest blog, South Australian Advance Care Directive Consultant, Sandra Bradley, shares her experience of caring for her terminally ill husband throughout the COVID pandemic.
Mental health issues for older people are common and can include wide-ranging problems such as complicated grief, stress, depression, anxiety and trauma. In her second blog in this series, Felicity Chapman a Mental Health Clinician and Aged Care Specialist, explores the range of evidence-based options to treat mental health issues, focusing on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support older people.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created many opportunities for us to use technology in new and creative ways. Within the pandemic, the importance of technology in aged care has only grown, becoming a critical way of providing information, maintaining relationships, and supporting vital care. In this blog Professor Jennifer Tieman introduces a suite of Digital Innovations activities being developed by ELDAC.
Grief and loss often impact older adults more, which can increase their likelihood of developing mental illness. Felicity Chapman, Mental Health Clinician and Aged Care Specialist, discusses how working with grief is a key part of her counselling with older adults and demonstrates this through a client’s story.
The ELDAC Care Model is a guide to help aged care staff and health professionals meet the needs of older Australians coming to the end of their life. In her blog, Quality, Risk and Compliance Officer and Coordinator of the ANHF-ELDAC Program, Yan Yau, discusses how the Australian Nursing Home Foundation (ANHF) is using the ELDAC Care Model to upskill staff in key areas relevant to end-of-life care.