Many older Australians maintain active, independent lifestyles until an advanced aged. For others, ageing is associated with increasing frailty and dependence. Australia’s aged care providers deliver wonderful services, caring for and supporting these most vulnerable of our citizens. Aged care organisations must cope with increasing service demands whilst delivering high quality services with limited resources. Two service providers have established innovative library services to assist families and other care organisations to access specialised knowledge and resources.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a leading advocate for the disadvantaged, working across Victoria to prevent and alleviate poverty, servicing all sections of our community. Community aged care services for the southern region are located at Frankston. Recognising the particular challenges faced by carers of people living with dementia, a Dementia Resources Library has been created where carers can search for, identify and borrow a range of resources including books, CDs, DVDs and games.
Multicultural Aged Care, located in Mile End, Adelaide, South Australia, specialises in promotion of culturally appropriate care. Multicultural Aged Care has a rich collection of multicultural and multilingual materials that it makes available for loan to other aged care providers and their staff, including nurses, diversional and lifestyle therapists and other health care professionals.
By cataloguing their collections in a library management system, the services achieve:
ability to search for relevant materials by keyword, title, author, subject or material type;
ability to track loans to clients, know when they are due and process renewals and returns;
ability to report on resource usage by client, client category, material type and subject;
preservation and protection of their valuable resources.
Both have chosen CALYX information essentials to host their library off-site, thereby removing concerns with the tasks of administering a server. The libraries gain access to expert Koha advice and support whenever it is needed. CALYX ensures that the library data is backed up several times per day and provides upgrades for each new feature release of Koha. Service staff can then focus on the needs of their clients, free of concerns about system maintenance.
About Brotherhood of St Laurence:
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that works toward a vision of an Australia free of poverty. Based in Melbourne, the Brotherhood has a national profile. It undertakes research, delivers services and advocates on behalf of people experiencing disadvantage. It works not just to alleviate poverty but to prevent it. For more information visit www.bsl.org.au
About Multicultural Aged Care:
By supporting service providers and advising government, Multicultural aged care works to strengthen ethnic communities’ capacity to develop and support the aged and community care needs of their older people. More information is available from www.mac.org.au
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