By Jacqui Tibbits, Director
Elder Abuse: to think it doesn’t happen is ludicrous. Sad but true. Painful, yes. Frightening, absolutely.
Yesterday, I read a dreadful article from the ABC News. It made me feel sick to my core. A young Mum with early onset dementia enters residential aged care for appropriate and quality care and support. Her husband is unable to care for her at home for he is living with motor neurone disease (MND) - already a devastating situation for this family. We know that in most cases accessing residential care for a loved one isn’t an easy thing to do. This decision is often full of anguish, guilt and pure raw emotions.
Homogenous is a kinky & sinister word
By Jacqui Tibbits, Consultivation Director
10 tips to de-stress Christmas
By Susan Johnson M (Couns)
With Christmas becoming more and more commercialised and expectations soaring it is vital to practice self-care at what can be a very stressful time of the year.
Don’t forget to ask family and friends R U OK?
By Susan Johnson M (Couns) Associate Consultivation
The R U OK? initiative has done great things in getting work colleagues, students and groups to become more aware of and sensitive to low moods or potential depression in the people we engage with on a daily basis.
Suicide in ageing
By Jacqui Tibbits, Director Consultivation
Today is RUOK? day - a national campaign to reach out to others, to start a conversation, to check in. On this day, I would like to draw attention to suicide rates in our ageing population. Touted as a young person’s activity, the reality of suicide in older people is frightening.
According to the ABS (2014) per 100,000 people, men over the age of 85 years are more likely to die by suicide than Australians of any other age group followed by men in the 80-84 year age group. Women aged 80 to 84 years have the highest rate of suicide for females from the age of 15 years onwards per 100,000 people.
Safety for seniors: a non-negotiable right
By Susan Johnson M (Counselling) Associate, Consultivation
On the 2 August 2016 The Third Sector, a professional news site, released an article on the Aged and Community Services SA NT (ACS) request for 'considered approach in responding to the recent elder abuse reported in the Mitcham Residential Care Facility'.
Consultivation agrees with the ACS saying thank you Aged and Community Services SA & NT (ACS) for calling for a considered approach to responding to elder abuse as a result of the reported incident in the Mitcham Residential Care Facility.
Having worked in abuse prevention for over thirty years it continues to horrify me that the rights of some of our most vulnerable people continue to be negated and abused. Elder abuse insidiously takes place in private, behind closed doors and is frequently perpetrated by someone in a relationship, role or position that implies trust.
Award winning Susan Johnson joins Consultivation
By Jacqui Tibbits, Director, Consultivation
Passionate about people and local communities, Susan brings with her over 33 years’ experience managing and supervising community service staff for three large Western Australian local government authorities. For the past 4.5 years Susan has worked as a Sector Development Consultant and recently a Business Development Consultant for CommunityWest where she developed, presented and evaluated professional development workshops for aged and community services staff, local government employees, non-government and private enterprises.
Susan has also participated in designing and implementing innovative best practice initiatives, facilitating sector reform and project evaluations. Susan has had a key role in the progress of the Wellness Philosophy in the WA HACC Program. She has supported organisations, leaders, managers, staff and volunteers to implement positive Wellness focused changes in processes and practices. Susan continued her work in this area to 2016 where she co-authored the report Wellness: Now and for the Future, Promotion and Enhancement of the Wellness Philosophy.
LGBTI Inclusive Practices for Aged Care Services
By Jacqui Tibbits, Consultivation Director
I attended the first Community of Practice for LGBTI inclusion in Aged Care on Friday 22 July 2016. Initiated by GRAI, I attended with other representatives of the aged care sector including those from Brightwater, Umbrella, Alzheimer’s Australia and Bethanie Inc. along with fellow consultant Zoe Warwick of Concepts4Change.
As a collective we started to explore practices and environments of residential care, retirement living and in home support and agreed to aim for consistent, good quality LGBTI inclusive service across the aged care sector.
Jacqui is a positive change management specialist with a penchant for public speaking.
Susan has expertise in cognitive behaviour therapy, narrative therapy & mindfulness.
Guest bloggers are invited to contribute to the Consultivation blog. If you have an idea, concept or perspective you would like to share please contact Jacqui at Consultivation.
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