17 episodes

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

Go to wisecare.com.au for more information and your free guide full of practical tips on supporting older people with cognitive impairment.

You can also follow Dr. Julie Bajic Smith on Facebook and Instagram @wisecareau

Voice of Aged Care Dr. Julie Bajic Smith

    • Mental Health
    • 4.9, 9 Ratings

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

Go to wisecare.com.au for more information and your free guide full of practical tips on supporting older people with cognitive impairment.

You can also follow Dr. Julie Bajic Smith on Facebook and Instagram @wisecareau

    Merry Christmas and See You Next Season

    Merry Christmas and See You Next Season

    I hope you've enjoyed this first season of the show. I've thoroughly enjoyed bringing all the episodes to you and interviewing a wide range of speakers. You see, we don't often talk about Residential Care because most of Australians live in their own homes.

    Fact: it's only 5% that live in Residential Aged Care environments. So often this population is forgotten about and we don't necessarily hear positive stories. And my aim was to communicate the various psychosocial benefits that can be delivered to older people whose physical health is declining.

    I'm taking a little break over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. However, I'm already mapping out the next season of The Voice of Aged Care, which will come out sometime in early 2020. In the meantime, you can catch up on the previous episodes in your favorite podcast app and also connect with me on Facebook and Instagram. Using the handle @wisecareau.

    You can also visit my website wisecare.com.au for more information for free resources on supporting well being in older adults. Looking forward to bringing you my book in 2020 and sharing with you even more great information to help support older people in your life. In the meantime I wish you a happy and safe holiday season, and I look forward to the next season of The Voice of Aged Care podcast.

    • 1 min
    The Role of Spirituality in Late Life with Jenny Blok

    The Role of Spirituality in Late Life with Jenny Blok

    Julie speaks with Jenny Blok, who has worked as a Chaplain for 12 years and now manages a team of Chaplains and Pastoral Care Volunteers to support older people both in residential settings and in their homes. Jenny shares how she came to work in Aged Care as a Chaplain, as well as what spiritual care is and who it's for. Chaplains provide not only religious care but also other areas of spirituality and connection, such as creativity and gardening.

    Jenny and Julie discuss the change in standards that has given more responsibilities to chaplains and created greater expectations and challenges, as well as professionalised the role within Aged Care settings. Jenny explains how her team works with residents who are returning to faith and beliefs later in life, as well as those who have culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the challenges of that particularly when combined with a residents' dementia.

    Jenny tells us why it's important for Chaplains to work closely with families and with the whole care team, as well as other religious practitioners. Finally, Jenny shares some tops for listeners who might be looking at organising spiritual care for their family member who has moved into care.

    Go to wisecare.com.au for more information and your free resources on supporting the wellbeing of older adults.

    You can also follow Dr. Julie Bajic Smith on Facebook and Instagram @wisecareau

    • 26 min
    Taking Care of You

    Taking Care of You

    In this episode, Julie makes the case for taking care of you as a person who supports older adults in Aged Care. The best outcomes for you, for older people, for families and for management are when we all work together. However, that ultimately comes down to you taking care of yourself and recognising what you may need to do more, or less, of in order to be well.

    Julie shares her experience when she started working in Aged Care, and why prioritising self-care is so important. She explains how important it is to start the day on a positive note, and some ways to make your self-care activities more realistic, sustainable and related to your other life goals and priorities.

    Julie explains how taking better care of yourself also involves making sure older adults get the support that they need. Plus, in this episode there are a range of practical suggestions about asking for help and support for you, and for others.

    Go to wisecare.com.au for more information and your free resources on supporting the wellbeing of older adults.

    You can also follow Dr. Julie Bajic Smith on Facebook and Instagram @wisecareau

    • 18 min
    Understanding Guided Relaxation and Mindful Breathing with Liz Kraefft

    Understanding Guided Relaxation and Mindful Breathing with Liz Kraefft

    Julie speaks with Liz Kraefft, a qualified yoga teacher. Liz and Julie discuss Liz's background and how she got started learning and then teaching yoga. Liz shares how she incorporates relaxation in her yoga sessions and what guided relaxation is. She explains the benefits of guided relaxation practices, and why people often struggle getting started with this practice.

    Liz and Julie then discuss yoga and mindfulness for older adults, including the importance of trust and managing fear of falls, as well as how mobility challenges can be accommodated using props like chairs to allow people with injuries or mobility issues to still participate.

    Liz explains what mindfulness and mindful breathing are, and why it's so important to incorporate it in our lives. Liz and Julie finish this interview discussing mindful breathing as a non-drug strategy for dealing with mental health issues, and Liz's tips for incorporating relaxation into residential settings.

    You can find out more about Liz and her classes on Facebook or at her website https://www.kuringgaiyoga.com.au/
    The app she mentions in this episode is Insight Timer, which you can find here https://insighttimer.com/meditation-app

    Go to wisecare.com.au for more information and your free resources on supporting the wellbeing of older adults.

    You can also follow Dr. Julie Bajic Smith on Facebook and Instagram @wisecareau

    • 30 min
    Involving Resident Families - Discussion With A Relative

    Involving Resident Families - Discussion With A Relative

    Julie discusses the important role of families in helping an older person settle into the Aged Care home, as well as the different ways facilities will involve residents' families. There are many things that can impact the dynamics of the relationships an older person has with their families, and there are also a number of things that can enhance that to help the resident settle into Aged Care and support them going forwards.

    In this episode, hear three ways families can play an integral role when their loved one moves into care, and some practical strategies for families to help support their loved ones.

    Julie also shares a part of an interview with a relative whose mother has moved into an Aged Care facility. This woman tells Julie about her experience when her mother moved into care and they discuss the different aspects of that journey and what she thinks would be helpful for other families in a similar position.

    Go to wisecare.com.au for more information and your free resources on supporting the wellbeing of older adults.

    You can also follow Dr. Julie Bajic Smith on Facebook and Instagram @wisecareau

    • 32 min
    Men's Group in Residential Care with Bob Creelman

    Men's Group in Residential Care with Bob Creelman

    Julie speaks with Bob Creelman, a qualified chaplain, scientist, engineer and volunteer. Bob has been running Men's Groups in Aged Care Facilities for over a decade and he shares a bit about his background and how he came to be doing this work.

    Bob explains some of the challenges for older men in Aged Care, the types of discussions had, how the sessions are structured and what he calls 'The Miracle of Men's Group'.

    Bob also covers how his work was recognised by Positive Living in Aged Care in 2013, and why he's had such interest from women wanting to join Men's Group!

    Julie and Bob finish the interview talking about why it's so important to acknowledge when a member of Men's Group has passed away, and some tips for others who might be wanting to start their own Men's Group in an Aged Care Facility.

    Go to wisecare.com.au for more information and your free resources on supporting the wellbeing of older adults.

    You can also follow Dr. Julie Bajic Smith on Facebook and Instagram @wisecareau

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Adriana ZD ,

Interesting and insightful

Thank you for this wonderful and much needed podcast, and for sharing your passion, knowledge and experience.

Michelle and Simon ,

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 :)

A Little Psychology ,

A gem

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.

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