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About the Self-Care Room

Self-care can mean different things to different people, but it is important in maintaining your physical, emotional, and mental health. Aged care relies on the quality and compassion of care workers in providing care to older people including older people coming to the end of their life. Self-care is an important part of being able to continue to provide care.

While there are some quality tools and resources already available, a place where aged care workers can grab a self-care idea, check out where they are in the self-care process, or share their experiences was missing. The Self-Care Room is the result.

As part of the Technology and Innovations program of work, we have created the Self-Care Room, an online resource for aged care. It will help careworkers and others in aged care identify their self-care needs and provide interactive and practical tips and resources to address those needs. The Self-Care Room was co-produced with aged care workers and experts.

Self-Care Room development process

First, we conducted a systematic scan of the internet to understand the scope of resources currently available online for aged care staff. Then, we interviewed people working in the sector to understand their needs and to seek their views on the available resources. We used this information to develop a design concept that we took back to them for comment. Based on their responses we built a prototype and conducted usability testing with a broad range of people in the aged care sector. We then finalised the build and launched the resource to the public.

Read Dr Anna Lane's self-care blog: Why a self-care tool is needed by the aged care sector.

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Page updated 09 March 2023