Updated: Sep 17, 2020
Have you ever sat in the tea room at work and wondered if things will ever change in aged care? Me too...and it seems like they never will.
So if you're frustrated with the same old thing day-in and day-out, then you're not alone. The good thing is: the aged care industry is about to dive into the greatest period of change that we have ever seen. With a few calculated guesstimates, here's what the research points to when it comes to what aged care will be like in 40 years:
#1 "Old" will be a thing of the past, not the future
With all the advances in medical treatment and healthcare, our life expectancy is increasing rapidly. Even as we do age, our physical body's 'age' will be different to the number of birthdays we've had. Since Doctors will just be able to print new parts and pick up disease so much earlier, "old" will be a thing of the past.
#2 Less work for humans
Many blue collar jobs and some lower-level white collar jobs will be phased out, which means that a lot of lower level care tasks could be automated. Although once they start trialling robots with hoist lifters, we may need to agree on where this ends...
#3 Tailored care options
Individual care needs will be paramount. In order to achieve a care experience that caters for each person's needs and desire for individuality, care plans will be fastidious. Facilities that offer tailored care options will lead the pack.
#4 Automated care will increase emphasis on human elements
We will see more and more bots performing human duties. With this we will see an emphasis on relationship - empathy, understanding, active listening and being present. All things that cannot be provided by artificial intelligence, so the 'human' elements of care will become invaluable.
#5 Highly specialised and diversified workforce
Fancy a technology degree? Well you should, because you might need one. Our current digital footprint is only getting bigger and bigger in aged care. Skills like coding and technology management may move from optional to essential, as well as actually caring for Residents and their families trying to manage the changing digital landscape.
#6 Communication will be paramount
As amazing as technology is, it will never be able to substitute for the human element of clinical reasoning. If you want to make yourself indispensable to the aged care workforce of the future, CPD hours towards clinical skills and reasoning are hours well spent. Know how, and know how to communicate it.
So now during your morning tea musings, consider how you can position yourself in a changing industry. Brush up on CPD that focuses on the human element of care, communication, clinical reasoning and empathy. Even though aged care will look completely different in 40 years time, you will be perfectly positioned to succeed.