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HelloCare Mail Apr 23, 2018

The Jab Gets Its Day – Aged Care Workers To Be Offered Free Flu Injections

Once upon a time, when we were all but young, healthy, strapping university students, the thought of forking out some money to get a flu shot was preposterous. The flu, if you were susceptible enough to get it, would allow for a solid week off from studies, extensions on all assignments and an opportunity to get through that gloriously gripping book (pre the dawn of Netflix mind you). Yet as age, maturity and wisdom gifted themselves upon us, the flu...
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Jane Sandwood
Jane Sandwood Apr 21, 2018

Losing Weight and Gaining Health as a Senior

“Older Australians—people aged 55 years and over—are being strongly caught up in the national obesity epidemic”, a study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports. Maintaining a healthy weight lowers risk of chronic illness, disability, and social impairments, and is therefore vital for seniors in aged care homes. Seniors can retain mobility, lose weight, and boost health most easily by eating a healthy diet and regularly walking (a gentle endurance exercise). Moreover, walking with a dog provides seniors with valuable...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 17, 2018

Where There’s A Kneed There’s A Way

Often times when us humans are in pain or discomfort, we look, quite understandably to measures that we think will help us the quickest, with the least amount of resistance and inconvenience. When the grandkids have been keeping up a chorus of ‘I’m hungry, I’m hungry, no thank you, brussel sprouts shan’t suffice oh forgiving grandparent, pick something else’, for the last two hours on a Monday night, it’s almost a noble strategy of survival to embark on an option...
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Nick Loudon
Nick Loudon Apr 23, 2018

Aged Care has Breached Community Trust

A wakeup call for the industry There is no doubt that the overwhelming majority of providers and workers within the industry consistently deliver quality services – but we can and should be better. There is also little doubt that the Aged Care Industry has been impacted by government policy and funding changes over recent years. However, it cannot reasonably be argued that government funding settings are the sole cause of all the industry woos.  For many providers it’s crunch time...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 20, 2018

The Today Show Shines A Week Spotlight On Aged Care, Open Discussion Must Continue

For those of us that don’t have loved ones in aged care, it is a foreign thing to lay awake at night worrying about their wellbeing. For many Australians this is a current and perpetual feeling. With mums and dads in aged care, countless Australians have been concerned as to the wellbeing and health of their loved ones in aged care facilities. Allegations of neglect, abuse and extensive negligence at the hands of aged care facilities and staff have been...
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Beth Mohle
Beth Mohle Apr 19, 2018

Elderly Suffer Then We Report

These views are a reflection of the contributor and we believe it is important to give everyone a platform to share their opinion.  I write in response to Federal Minister for Ageing Ken Wyatt’s media release titled Powerful New Reforms to Ensure Safe, Quality Aged Care (18 April 2018). The release outlines Turnbull Government plans to increase aged care inspections and reporting of adverse incidents in Australian aged care facilities. While this is a step in the right direction, there is still much...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 23, 2018

Nurses in Aged Care – Health Effects of Working Night Shift

Aged care workers are some of the hardest working people in the world. Working in a ‘caring’ profession isn’t a job that you clock in and out of from 9 to 5 - it’s has them on their feet for hours on end, shift after shift. And their shifts can be at any time, at any hour. Nurses or Personal Carers are even working through the night when most people are comfortably in bed. People rely on being cared for...

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HelloCare Mail Apr 19, 2018

Dementia and Mercy Killings: Are these Crimes or Acts of Desperation

Earlier in the year, an elderly Perth man was accused of killing his wife in their suburban home. He was in the later stages of cancer and his wife had advanced dementia. Harold Barclay, 85,  was charged with the murder or his wife of 63 years, a woman he was described as “devoted” to. According to their neighbours, who had known them for years, had said they never heard them argue. Though a motive has not been made clear, it’s...
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Leah Bisiani
Leah Bisiani Apr 16, 2018

Challenging the behavioural paradigm- The right to express yourself

“ People don’t get along because they fear each other. People fear each other because they don’t know each other. They don’t know each other because they have not properly communicated with each other”.  Martin Luther King Stereotypes based on assumptions become part of how we think, how we believe others should act at certain times of their life and how we believe a person must behave (Angus & Reeve, 2006). Kitwood (1997) likewise believed we should not judge...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 15, 2018

In A World Of Chaos, This Story Of Love And Dementia Will Squeeze Your Heart

By Amy Henderson - HelloCare Journalist This world we live in is a bit bonkers. It’s no wonder than as a society we seem to crave love stories, the bigger and more epic the better. We’re inundated with movies that in one way or another explore what it is to love and be loved. We’re given superheroes loving other superheroes and somehow trying to make it work, we’re given love affairs spanning galaxies and millennia, it’s all seems rather dramatic...
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Beth Mohle
Beth Mohle Apr 23, 2018

Aged Care’s Race to The Bottom

The situation in aged care affects us all. They are our parents and grandparents, people who looked after us and loved us, but now many of them — especially those in need of high care — are left unfed, unwashed and even in soiled nappies for hours... all because there aren’t enough aged care staff. Over the past 13 years, chronic understaffing has seen a 400% increase in preventable deaths of elderly Australians in aged care, with hundreds dying from...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 22, 2018

No Flu Jab, No Pay: Nurses, Aged Care Workers told injection mandatory

It will now be mandatory for every aged care provider to offer the flu vaccine to every single worker. For nurses and aged care workers refusing to get a flu vaccination they will be moved to different wards or even banned from shifts under a radical plan by the Turnbull Government to to maximise protection for senior Australians ahead of this year’s this flu season. The Turnbull Government will mandate flu vaccines for aged care workers and today released results...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 18, 2018

Aged Care In Headlines, The Importance Of Active Discussion & Listening

Around Australia the aged care industry is having a spotlight trained on it. From this new and intensified gaze into the sector, troubling allegations of malpractice, neglect and abuse have been rising. Along with the families that have chosen to speak out to voice their particular experiences of neglect and worry, skilled workers who have been involved in the aged care industry for decades are leaning in to maintain a discussion on solutions and change. Many from within the sector...
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