Dr. Julie Bajic Smith is an award winning Aged Care Psychology Consultant with a mission: to halve depression rates in Australian aged care facilities by 2022. Her research has demonstrated a link between the wellbeing of staff and the mental health of residents, and now Julie helps aged care providers improve staff retention by addressing the psychological aspects of delivering aged care work.
The Voice of Aged Care will offer you tips and tricks on improving service delivery without complexity and overwhelm. Each episode will include information that is inspirational, provides you with insider knowledge and real experiences and most importantly, it will be described in easy to understand ways so that it’s not overwhelming or confusing.
There is so much information out there about aged care. A lot of that information is not necessarily a true representation of what goes on in aged care. It’s when we hear the real unedited stories and experiences that we really connect with others.
“In this podcast I wanted to share with you some inspirational stories which I myself have encountered a number of times in aged care. You see, not everything’s negative or dark: there are people out there who are excited to be able to work with this population, and equally there are people who live in aged care homes who are happy with the environment and who are in fact thriving.” ~ Dr. Julie Bajic Smith
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#32: Loneliness versus Isolation
Loneliness and isolation are terms used interchangeably. Sometimes they are normalised as part of ageing, and more recently with COVID-19 isolation is attributed to minimising the risk of infection.
Broadly, the difference between the two terms sits in subjectiveness versus objectiveness. What do we mean but that?
Loneliness is subjective and can be social and emotional. It is about how the person perceives their relationships with others and if their emotional needs are met.
Isolation is objective. The relationships with others may be there but the individual may not be reaching out and connecting with others.
In this episode you will learn:
- How we define isolation
- How we define loneliness
- Strategies to boost engagement
- The impact of COVID-19 on enagement
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Improving Aged Care Staff Morale
Working in aged care is rewarding but can also be challenging. The last two years have been particularly difficult with increased work demands. In this episode we discuss the importance of examining this topic, organisational support and involving the workforce in the quality and improvement process.
Staying Motivated at Work and Dealing with Client Turnover
In this episode we discuss the challenges of experiencing client turnover in aged care. We will cover communication styles, resilience building activities and the importance of self-care strategies.
Supporting Elderly Clients With Multiple Losses
If you are supporting an older person chances are they have experienced a loss. It may be necessarily be the loss of a loved one, it could the loss of independence, value, role and meaning. In this episode we discuss strategies how to support clients with multiple losses.
Getting Upset When Elderly Client Dies
Professionally most of us are okay in discussing grief with our clients. However, when we are affected by workplace grief ourselves we may find it difficult to know what is okay to say or do. In this episode we discuss how we as professionals cope when a client passes away and strategies we can develop to help us through this journey.
Why We Need to Tackle Grief in Late Life
Grief is commonly misunderstood, perceived to be a mental health condition and something which can make many people uncomfortable. In this episode we explore grief - what it is and how it impacts the elderly. In late life grief is not always associated with the loss of a loved one or fear of one's own death. The accumulative effect of grief is explored and strategies offered to assist those who support our elderly members of the community.
Interesting and insightful
Thank you for this wonderful and much needed podcast, and for sharing your passion, knowledge and experience.
This podcast is long over due
Thank you Julie for starting this podcast and for shining a light on aged care.. it’s such an important topic that touches most of us in one way or another at some stage in our lives :)
Dr Julie’s knowledge, experience and insight into our older population’s emotional well-being is incredibly valuable. If you’re a psychologist, aged care worker, family member of a loved one in care, or simply interested in the revolutionary care and support that Dr Julie has instigated into aged care facilities, this podcast is for you.