ACC highlights government information package in updated program Care Leavers in Aged Care, released 13th February 2018.
ACC is proud to present the updated program Care Leavers in Aged Care, produced in collaboration with the Department of Health. Anyone can register to view this program, which will be available on demand from 13th February, 2018.
Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations are collectively known as Care Leavers. Entering residential aged care can present unique challenges for people who have experienced institutionalised care as children.
In response to the needs of Care Leavers entering aged care, the Department of Health has created the Caring for Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations Information Package. The Package, featured in the updated ACC program Care Leavers in Aged Care, aims to help those working in the aged care sector to understand the concerns, fears and anxieties of Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations.
The package “shows how early life experiences can affect older people receiving care and help care providers respond to their needs.” (source: Caring for Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations Booklet)
According to the package, “Many people from these groups find traumatic childhood memories and fears returning when they think about their aged care needs. Those anxieties may spring from childhood experiences when they were harmed by those who had been entrusted with their care. Some find the prospect of aged care delivered outside familiar places as truly frightening.” (source: Caring for Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations Booklet)
Many Care Leavers face poorer health outcomes than other members of the population. Mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency and homelessness tend to be more prevalent among Care Leavers. They may also be more hesitant to take advantage of health services, owing to their fear of authority figures.
Through the program Care Leavers in Aged Care, ACC and the Department of Health are seeking to improve the aged care experience for Care Leavers, by providing information on how to establish a culture of sensitive, appropriate and person-centred care.
To find out more about caring for Care Leavers, please join ACC on 13th February 2018 to view the program Care Leavers in Aged Care. Register here for the video, released on 13 February 2018.