What’s new in Aged Care?

We’re excited. This year , for the first time, our Allied Health and Nursing division is running a Graduate Program for staff of all disciplines.

Investing in our staff is an investment in the future of Remedy – a future where our clinicians are ‘job ready’ for whatever comes next on the Remedy journey.

Under the guidance of a clinical staff trainer, the program will provide graduates with group and individual training and assessment sessions, as well as plenty of group discussions and informal networking opportunities. The innovative course content has been specifically designed to grow the capability of graduates within the field of Aged Care, build clinical skills and leadership in this flourishing industry.

More than 20 students have enrolled in the program and we’re looking forward to watching their development over the next 12 months. Once they have completed the program, graduates will progress into the Remedy Pathways Program in their second year, where they’ll continue to be supported to progress their career.

Nothing is as important as having a good team and we believe this training and support program for our newest clinicians will empower our workforce to deliver even better clinical and customer services. It’s part of our vision for a healthier Australia, by empowering people to take control of their health.

Candidates come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists. Once qualified, they will be delivering services across the Remedy Aged Care Network – in Melbourne, Regional Victoria, Sydney and Regional New South Wales.

If you’re passionate about helping people achieve better health and interested in progressing your career in a range of clinical and non-clinical positions, please contact us to find out more.

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Why there’s no place like home for rehabilitation

The demand for rehabilitation services is on the rise across Australia. With an ageing population, joint replacement procedures are becoming common and most private patients could save themselves or their insurers several thousand dollars.1 So it’s no surprise that experts are looking for ways to minimise the overall cost of these procedures – without compromising patient wellbeing.

It’s often assumed that hospital-based rehabilitation programs help patients recover faster from procedures like knee replacements. You might be surprised to learn that home-based rehabilitation is equal or superior to hospital-based rehabilitation in almost all respects.2

In fact, even when people live alone, the overwhelming majority will recover equally well and may experience fewer complications if they receive rehabilitation in their own home, rather than spend days or weeks in a hospital facility, at a significantly higher cost.3

A direct comparison of the costs of inpatient versus home-based rehabilitation was published recently from Sydney.1 The study compared a program of 10 days hospital rehabilitation followed by an 8-week home-based program with a monitored home-based rehabilitation program alone. To make the comparison, participants’ mobility, function and quality of life were measured after knee replacement surgery.

According to the findings, inpatient rehab was no more effective than home-based rehabilitation at improving mobility or functional outcomes 26 weeks after surgery. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest that people receiving home-based rehabilitation not only recover just as fast, but are less likely to experience complications like infections and blood clots.

Remedy Healthcare has been delivering the clinically proven Rehabilitation at Home (RAH) program Australia-wide since 2008. Patients receive a tailored treatment program, based on their functional abilities and individual goals. Regular treatments are provided by a coordinated multidisciplinary team, all in the comfort and privacy of their own home.

Regular feedback obtained by patients and family members over the course of 10 years has revealed that, for the majority of patients that experienced the program have reported that they were very happy to return home quickly and get back to normal life. They also said that being less reliant on medical care helped them feel more confident in managing their condition. Family members also reported feeling much happier because they no longer needed to organise frequent travel for their loved ones to receive treatment.

The Rehabilitation at Home program is provided extensively to patients who require rehabilitation following hip or knee joint replacement though it is also clinically effective and cost effective for many other orthopaedic conditions, cardiac rehabilitation, COPD, accidents and falls injuries.

After surgery and the with their treating Surgeons approval, care coordinators and clinicians from Remedy Healthcare work closely with individuals to achieve their defined rehabilitation goals. Clinical outcomes are assessed using validated measures and satisfaction surveys.

A study conducted by Stolee et al., 2014 shows that home rehabilitation is equal or superior to hospital-based rehabilitation when it comes to patient satisfaction.

With more healthcare providers and insurers seeking new and more cost-effective models of service delivery, the future of healthcare is changing. Rehabilitation at home is clearly a viable alternative to in-patient services and offers a promising route to less costly care. And with the ever-increasing pressures on our healthcare system, that can only be a good thing.

Please call 1300 224 334 to arrange a time to catch up to discuss how Remedy Healthcare may be able to partner with you to compliment your health and wellbeing initiatives.

1. Naylor, J. (2018). Most private patients are wasting money on costly rehab after major knee surgery. [online] The Conversation. Available at: http://theconversation.com/most-private-patients-are-wasting-money-on-costly-rehab-after-major-knee-surgery-83958 [Accessed 17 Apr. 2018].
2. Buhagiar MA, Naylor JM, Harris IA, et al. Effect of inpatient rehabilitation v.s a monitored home-based program on mobility in patients with total knee arthroplasty: The HIHO randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2017;317(10):1037–1046. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.1224
3. Fleischman, A., Austin, M., Purtill, J., Parvizi, J. and Hozack, W. (2018). Patients Living Alone Can Be Safely Discharged Directly Home After Total Joint Arthroplasty. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 100(2), pp.99-106.
4. Stolee, P., Lim, S., Wilson, L. and Glenny, C. (2011). Inpatient versus home-based rehabilitation for older adults with musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation, 26(5), pp.387-402.

Read the full journal article Effect of inpatient rehabilitation v.s a monitored home-based program on mobility in patients with total knee arthroplasty: The HIHO randomised clinical trial.

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Does improved employee health result in improved wellbeing, performance and productivity?

Does a healthy workplace culture really lead to improved employee wellbeing, performance and productivity – and ultimately business success?

A collaborative research project was undertaken between Australian Unity, Remedy Healthcare and Towers Watson which provided some interesting insights to this question. The Wellbeing for Performance Report1 revealed that, largely the answer is, yes. They also provide some interesting insights into whether employees actively engage with employer-initiated wellbeing programs.

There are several key findings from the study that support the hypothesis that healthier employees feel better, perform better and are more productive than those who are less healthy.

In early 2013, baseline results were obtained by assessing the study group of 461 employees from Australian Unity for their levels of health, happiness and productivity. The methods used included an onsite Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and an engagement study that measured the levels of sustainable engagement, self-reported productivity and cultural factors that are known to support a healthy and productive workplace. Payroll data was also used to capture more objective measures of performance and productivity.

Over approximately three years, the ongoing health status of the employees was measured and compared to baseline measurements. Participating employees were divided into four different groups – three study groups (high risk intervention, high risk control and low health risk control) and one non-study control group, or company norm.

A random selection of employees at high health risk were given the chance to participate in a health coaching program designed by Remedy to improve their health (the intervention group). All other employees in the study did not have access to health coaching but were offered support through the company’s wellbeing program.

The data collected was used to examine whether improving employees’ health also resulted in higher levels of employee wellbeing, performance and productivity.

One of the key findings was that “Two-thirds of those at high risk for disease showed a decrease in their number of risks at 6-month re-test.”

The study also found that “High health risk employees that participated in a targeted health improvement program showed a reduction in their risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a 6-month period.”

Interestingly, the findings found several benefits in participating in a health risk assessment for employees, stating that “The act of assessing health and raising awareness and knowledge alone is a catalyst for positive change. This is a testament to the benefits of providing a health risk assessment for employees.”

The study also found that an investment in the health and wellbeing of employees can improve levels of wellbeing, engagement and company loyalty, which pays off in the long run. The emotional connection of the intervention group was strengthened and was associated with a stronger commitment to the organisation. After rising 14 percentage points, 74% of the intervention group responded that “It would take a lot for them to look for another employer.”

Less surprisingly, the findings supported the theory that a healthy employee is a more productive employee, stating that “Those in good health are 2 times more likely to be a high performer.”

Change readiness was also a factor in the success of the program. The report concluded that “A company can offer a wellness program, but it will only succeed if employees are engaged in their health and willing to make necessary changes.”

Overall, the results of this study support investments in employee health, as they are likely to pay off with higher levels of employee wellbeing, engagement and loyalty.

It seems that having a defined health and productivity strategy aligned to your business objectives empower your employees and contribute to sustainable success. And that’s healthier for everyone.

Please note: this article only provides the highlights and some of the key findings of the report. The full report is provided below which contains all the research information.

Please call 1300 224 334 to arrange a time to catch up to discuss how Remedy Healthcare may be able to partner with you to compliment your health and wellbeing initiatives.

1. Wellbeing for Performance – The benefits of a healthier workforce. (2014). Melbourne: Towers Watson.

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The State of Self Care in Australia

The State of Self Care in Australia is a review of the ways in which Australia is attempting to encourage and enable individuals to look after their own health and wellbeing. The role of Self Care in effective health management and treatment is one of the major gaps in Australia’s health policy framework.

This work is the result of an ad-hoc collaboration between three funding organisations, the Australian Self Medication Industry, HCF and Remedy Healthcare and the Australian Health Policy Collaboration at Victoria University.

Self Care is defined by the WHO (2013) as ‘the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health-care provider’. It challenges many longstanding notions about the role of doctor and patient in maintaining the health of individuals and families and recognises that a patient must be an active participant in, rather than a passive recipient of, treatment.

The review found that considerable efforts are being made to support better self-care throughout the country and there is a multiplicity of sources of information. Despite this commitment and activity, there is an overall lack of strategic direction to help people navigate the complex boundary between individual and professional responsibilities for health. There is scant evidence that people who most need support with self-care and self-management are being effectively targeted by existing programs.

Health policy is confronted by the rapid rise in chronic diseases in the population and the rising costs of health care for these. It is time to rethink how health is supported and governed in order to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the population and achieve better outcomes from investments in health care. This review highlights that the evident potential of self-care as a component of healthy public policy is not being fully harnessed in Australia. It is time to think again.

The report was written by Dr Maria Duggan and Professor Rosemary Calder AM of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration. Organisations with an interest in Self Care that would like to be kept informed about future developments in the collaboration on health policy for self-care in Australia, should contact Randall Pearce of THINK: Insight & Advice at randall.pearce@thinkinsightadvice.com.au or on 02 9358 6664.

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