The Knowledge and Implementation Hub undertook an environmental scan to find current high-quality Australian educational tools and resources on social isolation for aged care workers. Structured searches using the Advanced Search version of Google took place, first in March and updated in July 2022, to find webpages, PDFs, videos and other resources originating from Australia.
Searches returned a total of 26 resources on social isolation in aged care in Australia. The resources were about developing awareness of the impact of social isolation, ways to be socially connected, volunteer opportunities to provide social support to older people, use of technology to connect with family and friends, and various social activities for the older people to engage in to be socially connected. There were no resources found targeting diverse groups of older people.
These resources are now available in the resources section of the Knowledge Hub. The project team will repeat the scan process at scheduled intervals to ensure the resource content for social isolation remains up to date.