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As an IAHSA member, you are part of the world’s largest network of ageing service providers. In order to build on current relationships and foster the further development of connections among IAHSA members, we have created the International Staff Exchange.

The IAHSA Staff Exchange Network is an exciting leadership development opportunity for your staff. Staff members work in a facility in another country and gain valuable insight from the global community. Read members’ stories about the benefits of the staff exchange.

Don’t miss the chance to give your staff the world!
To participate in an exchange and stay up to date on the network, join the listserv.

Elder abuse is a horrible injustice that is, unfortunately, extremely common. Find out what you can do to help stop elder abuse in your community.

Over the years, IAHSA has established itself as a global leader in ageing services by creating an active network of providers, government officials and businesses dedicated to addressing global issues. Leveraging its global leadership in the field, IAHSA is calling all of its members to focus on improving the quality of life for the elders served through the IAHSA Quality Movement.

The IAHSA Quality Movement is a global quality improvement initiative for ageing services providers that creates a common definition of quality and nurtures a positive image of service providers around the globe.IAHSA Quality Movement is the way in which IAHSA and its members accept responsibility for assuring that the people they serve receive quality care and services.

The programme is designed to work in conjunction with the quality improvement programmes currently used and applies to all of IAHSA’s provider members: adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, retirement villages and care homes.

The Quality Movement is a self-monitoring programme. IAHSA members set their own benchmarks and “raise the quality bar” in their organisations. To help you reach your quality improvement goals, we have created the following tools:

The IAHSA Quality Movement is a dynamic programme; IAHSA will be created more tools and guides to help you make the most of it. And most importantly, the Quality Movement is designed to be member driven, so please share your stories with us for your colleagues to replicate.

It doesn’t matter where in the world older people live; through the IAHSA Quality Movement, we can have a significant impact on the quality of life for them.

The following is a recap from Australians who recently visited the US to learn about American ageing services providers:

ThomsonAdsett’s Chairman Chris Straw and Business Development Manager Judy Martin recently joined Andrew Giles CEO Retirement Villages Association Australia (RVA) to lead the “Global Retirement Communities” Study Tour around San Francisco from 17 – 23 April 2010. Following on from the success of similar tours for the Aged care industry (SAGE study tours ), this new initiative brought together a partnership of two prominent leading organisations in the field of retirement living (RVA and ThomsonAdsett) to give senior executives in the industry unprecedented access to the latest and greatest in international retirement living developments.

Judy Martin, Study Program Leader, in collaboration with AAHSA/IAHSA members Ginger Nussle, (IAHSA), Jerry Brown (Bethany Centre) and Marilyn Kennedy (Episcopal Homes) planned a program of visits to seniors living facilities in San Francisco, the SF Bay Area, Sacramento and Palo Alto, hosted by a range of leading US Seniors living organisations including Episcopal Senior Communities, Bethany Centre, Mercy Care, Eskaton, AgeSong, Lytton Gardens  and On Lok.

Over the course of the week, the delegates were given access to seniors living facilities, programs and developments, each with a specific feature or element worthy of inspection, consideration, discussion and debate. The program was very full with the group visiting 10 facilities in total. The main highlight was the amicable interaction with, and collegial support from, their US colleagues who took time out to host them and accompany them on the tour of each development. The delegates were amazed by the wonderful hospitality and support given to them by their hosts.

A highlight of the tour was to have Win Marshall, Chair of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (AAHSA) meet with the delegation for a roundtable discussion. Win spoke to the delegates about the national environment of the industry within the US and AAHSA’s vision as an organisation.

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All in all, the Global Retirement Communities Study Tour was a huge success, with 100% of delegates stating their attendance on the tour was a wise professional decision. The tour cemented the professional relationship between AAHSA/IAHSA and RVA Australia and all look forward to staying in touch and networking across the oceans.

The Australian SAGE study tours are an industry first partnership between architecture firm ThomsonAdsett and Aged Care peak industry bodies Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA) and Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA). Following the success of both SAGE and the recent RVA tour RVA will be joining the SAGE intuitive to make a collaborative Australian industry approach to International SAGE study tours. A number of the tours have been conducted in association with IAHSA.

The tours provide Health & Aged Care industry professionals with a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights in the delivery of seniors Living from key professionals in the international health and aged care fields. Participants all receive valuable insights from some of the world’s most highly respected aged care professionals, and have the opportunity to evaluate the advancement of Senior Living Options from a global perspective.

Learn more about upcoming IAHSA study tours around the world.

For Australasian delegates, join SAGE on their next tours this year to the US and South Africa.

The next stop on IAHSA’s study tour itinerary is the western United States in October. Cutting-edge technologies will be the focus of this unique study tour, giving you an opportunity to visit US ageing service providers in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento and San Francisco, with an optional extension to attend the AAHSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Los Angeles.

This tour focuses on the development and utilization of advanced technologies in ageing services and includes a meeting with Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow & Director of Health Policy and Innovation as well as visits to the nationally recognized demonstration project at Eskaton and the living laboratory at Oregon Health and Science University.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Sign up today!

In 2011, the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) will partner with the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) to host the IAHSA/AAHSA Global Conference & Exposition to CELEBRATE AGE.

The conference theme, CELEBRATE AGE, provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the most innovative programmes from around the world, along with an exciting forum for the exchange of both practical knowledge and new strategies focused on the provision of care and services for older adults.

Share your expertise, innovations and organizational successes with colleagues from all corners of the world.

Submit a proposal for consideration.

Accepted proposals will also be eligible for consideration for the 2010-2011 IAHSA Excellence in Ageing Services Award.

Women are disproportionately affected by ageing. Daughters care for mothers and mothers-in-law. Women are more likely to be paid caregivers in the home and in facilities. And women live longer than men.

Ageing is a women’s issue.

Today I went to a panel discussion hosted by IAHSA member, Volunteers of America. They conducted a study on ageing in the United States. They found that only 11% of caregivers are paid for their work, but “82% of baby boomers expect to be providing care for a loved one.”

It’s time we all look for ways to help caregivers and the older adults the care for. What is your facility doing to help caregivers?

IAHSA’s mission is to connect and support ageing service providers around the world to increase quality of life for the elderly. We have found that one of the best ways for shared learning and innovation development is through personal networking and one-on-one interaction.

As a result, we have created opportunities for IAHSA members to participate in study tours to foster individual dialogue with leading policy makers and professionals, while experiencing the rich culture and customs in different countries.

Over the next year, IAHSA members will be traveling to Israel, China and the USA to learn from peers in the ageing services field. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

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15 June 2010 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse developed tools for people to use to raise awareness. Download their toolkit to find out what you can do to help end elder abuse worldwide.

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About this blog

IAHSA’s Global Ageing Network Blog was created because of you!! We got your message loud and clear – “Provide us with a quick and nimble communications vehicle so we can stay connected and create community across borders".

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Virginia Nuessle, Study Tour Director

Majd Alwan, Director, CAST

Alla Rubinstein, Program Administrator, IAHSA

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