A number of national and international speakers, just like Executive Director at Tabor Home Society Dan Levitt, will be taking to the stage for the eighth annual event, running from 21-22 March 2018 in Sydney.
Mr Levitt has spoken about the global trend of small care homes where seniors live together supported by caregivers, that help to drive toward community based programs and services.
“The shifting sands in aged care, while gradually embraced by some organisations, will eventually take over the old outdated models of care and those not willing to innovate will find that the tide has risen beyond their control,” Mr Levitt says.
“Traditional nursing homes were built as a stand alone facility and were architecturally designed with the look and feel of an acute care hospital… the new approach to aged care, however, has much more in common with a home.
“The future will see only the frailest, sickest seniors in residential care and the vast majority of seniors will live independently or in assisted living settings supported by community based services.”
While he says changing a culture is “no easy task”, Mr Levitt makes acknowledgement of the role baby boomers will play in that change as they enter into their senior years.
“As the baby boomer cohort enter their senior years, a revolutionary change will take place,” he says.
“Delivering aged care will be centred around a hub of multigenerational community life that includes housing where older adults age in place and services are a short walk away on the seniors campus of care.
“The new Tabor Village campus of care (in Canada) is built around these trends with a senior community centre that inspires, unleashes creativity, promotes health and wellbeing, forges friendships and enables seniors to give back.”
Among those joining Mr Levitt on the speakers list for Australian Healthcare Week 2018 and Aged Care Summit are Chief Executive Officer Dementia Australia, Maree McCabe; Data Scientist Macquarie University, Parisa Kouchaki and Chief Executive Officer Glenview Community Services (Tasmania), Lucy O’Flaherty.
Ms O’Flaherty will be discussing a new model of care specifically for those living with dementia in Tasmania and will further explore daring to be different: developing a model of care based on experience; designing for dementia and stakeholder support for gaining buy-in for a new model of care.