Enabling our residents to have better quality of life as they age
Quality of life is not just about adding extra years, instead the focus is on helping older people get the best out of their life.
Through our ongoing needs assessment work, community representatives and stakeholders have identified local needs for consideration. We will continue our process of engagement and consultation with them as we progress our healthy ageing activities.
COORDINARE has received funding from the Department of Health and Aged Care to design, commission and deliver initiatives that focus on the health and wellbeing needs of older people, including those accessing aged care services.
This work started with psychological services for people in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs), and then included ensuring access to COVID-19 vaccines and appropriate medical care if they are COVID-positive.
Find out more about our existing healthy ageing initiatives:
Living with COVID – aged care related activities
COORDINARE has been involved in the ongoing coordination of immunisation for RACF residents and staff.
We have also been overseeing programs that provide management of COVID-positive people in the community by primary care.
PHN COVID-19 emergency mental health support – older Australians
Targeting people over 65, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55, living either in the community or in RACFs who are experiencing social isolation or loneliness as a result of the pandemic and who are at risk of, or have, mental health issues (to December 2022).
Psychological therapies for people in Residential Aged Care Facilities
Addressing service gaps in the provision of psychological therapies for people in under-serviced or hard to reach populations, including in-reach services to RACFs.
COORDINARE healthy ageing initiatives
Responses to the Royal Commission
COORDINARE will provide support to RACFs to ensure they have the appropriate facilities, equipment and staff training to enable residents to access on-site telehealth consultations with their primary care professionals.
COORDINARE will work with RACFs to ensure they have comprehensive out-of-hours care plans and arrangements in place to enable residents to access appropriate services when they need them and prevent avoidable hospitalisations.
COORDINARE will commission early intervention and monitoring activities to support older people to have better health and wellbeing and reduce early entry into residential care.
This may include tools for screening, risk assessment, frailty management, and collaborative approaches between multidisciplinary teams and primary care providers.
A dementia-specific clinical referral pathway (using the HealthPathways platform) is to be developed by COORDINARE, with input and guidance from Dementia Australia (primary provider of the National Dementia Support Program).
The pathway will be for use by clinicians to provide advice, referrals and connections for older people into local health, support and aged care services.
You can find out more about HealthPathways here.
A consumer-focused dementia support pathway or resource will be developed with input from Dementia Australia, which will detail the post-diagnostic care and support available for people living with dementia, and their carers and families.
COORDINARE support the adoption of electronic National Residential Medication Charts, drive the adoption and use of My Health Record in RACFs, and digitalise the transmission of electronic transfer of care information between different care settings.
This will be part of a program to support the improvement of medication management for residents in RACFs.
A local network of care finders will be commissioned and managed by COORDINARE, to provide specialist assistance to older people who need assistance in understanding and accessing aged care services and connecting with other relevant supports in the community.
Care finder navigator services will commence from January 2023.
The Greater Choice for at Home Palliative Care program objectives include increasing awareness, facilitating and coordinating access to safe, quality palliative and end of life care at home for people approaching the end of their lives. A key aim is to enable the right care, at the right time and in the right place to reduce unnecessary hospitalisation.
To find out more, visit our Palliative and end of life care webpage.