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Helen Kimberley

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Networks of care: valuing social capital in community aged care services

Community aged care services in Australia are undergoing major change. With the introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC), older adults who are eligible for assistance have control over spending their individual budget on services and can choose a service provider in an open, competitive market...
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Adjusting to Consumer Directed Care: the experience of Brotherhood of St Laurence community aged care service users

Australia’s approach to providing care for older adults living at home has recently undergone radical change, under the banner of Consumer Directed Care. Aged care clients now have individual choice and control of their government-subsidised Home Care Packages. An action research study was undertaken to...
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Generating knowhow in later life

How do older Australians develop the knowhow to devise lives they value in our increasingly complex society with its tsunami of information and plethora of choices? This small qualitative study found that older adults particularly valued the ‘knowhow’ that enables them to manage matters such...
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A shared journey: insights from the Banksia Younger Onset Dementia Support Group

The study of a pilot program to support people with younger onset dementia in the Frankston area of outer Melbourne has found that the participants valued being involved in initiating and organising activities that they find meaningful and enjoyable, and having the chance to share...
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A preliminary evaluation of the Short Break Stay Program: respite care for people with dementia

Recognising the need for a respite service which provides real support and reassurance for carers of people with dementia, Brotherhood of St Laurence Aged Services devised the Short Break Stay program at the Banksia Community Respite Centre. There is clear evidence that the program, which...