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Dysphagia and Nutritional Considerations

Swallowing is a vital part of every person’s life that can often be taken for granted. We need this process to help consume food, beverages and medications. Without it we would not survive. Swallowing is a complex process that involves various muscles, glands and nerves. As people age, many will find that they have trouble swallowing, or have “dysphagia”, for any number of reasons. Some older adults’ teeth are often weak or absent. Some will find that the mucosal surfaces...
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Caroline Egan Aug 17, 2018

Waiting list for home care packages reaches 108,000

More than 108,000 Australians remained on the waiting list for their appropriate level of home care as of 31 March 2018, including 88,000 with high care needs, according to new data released by the Department of Health. There were 104,000 on the waiting list for home care as of 31 December 2017, indicating an increase of 3.7 per cent over the quarter. Since the first release of data, the waiting list for home care has grown...
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Seqirus Australia Aug 11, 2018

Shingles can strike at any time

Phillip Jones is the proprietor of Bass Phillip Wines in Victoria. An avid wine maker, he oversees every step of the process. “I was diagnosed with shingles in early 2006,” says Phillip. His diagnosis came around the harvest season - Phillip’s busiest working period. “The first symptoms I experienced with this was a driving headache - it was like someone was tearing at my hair. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever suffered and I don’t want to have it again,” said Phillip...
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Caroline Egan Aug 20, 2018

Family calls for help in search for missing 87 year old

A family has called for the public’s help in searching for a missing 87-year-old who has severe dementia and hearing loss. Alexander Henderson was last seen leaving his house in the Perth suburb of Hillarys at 4.30pm on Thursday. He has not been seen since, and concerns for his well being are growing by the day. Mr Henderson’s family say they are very concerned, and say he may have gone as far the Perth Hills or Kings Park. Mr...
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Caroline Egan Aug 15, 2018

Why are daughters usually the unpaid carers, and what can we do to balance the scales?

Why is it that when family members become elderly, and eventually require care, the responsibility for that care usually falls to women? Think about your own family: is there an expectation, even if unspoken, that a daughter - or daughters - will take on the responsibility of caring for elderly parents? Of course, it's not always the case, but more often than not, it is. I suspect in my own family my sister and I will care for our mother...
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Sharon Billings Aug 15, 2018

Dying to Know Day – What Matters to You?

Dying to Know Day, on August 8th, is an annual day dedicated to bringing to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement. Dying to Know Day is a social movement aimed at destigmatizing the discussion of dying. Sharon Billings, an Advance Care Planning Clinician with Alfred Health, says 50 percent of us will lose the ability to make decisions about our care towards end of life. “It’s important to start these conversations early, the best time is...
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Why Do People with Dementia Stop Eating and Drinking?

One of the most distressing phases during the span of time caring for someone with dementia can be when the person has stopped eating or drinking. As hard as it is to see this is often a natural part of the disease. As a caregiver, it is important to understand some of the causes of this stage of the disease, what it means for the person you care for and some ideas that may help. Advanced stages of dementia: chewing or...

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HelloCare Mail Aug 16, 2018

Constant vocalisation and unmet needs: an expert’s opinion

Last month, we published a sensitive question that one of our readers had put to us. HelloCare reader Bruce was concerned that at his wife’s nursing home, the constant vocalisation of one resident was disturbing and upsetting other residents. Bruce posed a challenging question that “will no doubt get me some abuse”, he wrote. His question was, “Who is being abused here: the 19 residents that can’t hear the TV or talk to one another because of the nearly constant...
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Caroline Egan Aug 14, 2018

People with dementia can be vulnerable to financial abuse: falls could be early warning sign

People with dementia who are struggling to manage their finances may be more likely to share their personal financial details with strangers, the author of new research says. Most of us have little trouble managing our finances. We can pay our bills, set up direct debits, use cash with ease, buy items online with a credit card, and pay our taxes. These transactions are easy enough for most of us much of the time - but they actually involve complex...
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Annie Butler Aug 20, 2018

Calls for aged care providers to ‘come clean’ on staffing ratios

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed a Private Member’s Bill being introduced into Federal Parliament today by Independent MP Rebekha Sharkie which will force aged care providers to publicly disclose their staffing ratios. ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler said the Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018 would allow vulnerable residents and their families to know exactly how many nurses and carers are on duty in aged care facilities across the country. “There are currently no...
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Max’s story: Finding the power of speech again

During Speech Pathology Week, Speech Pathology Australia is raising awareness of the prevalence of communication disabilities among older people, often leaving them feeling vulnerable and isolated, and cut off from the world around them. Being able to communicate with our fellow humans satisfies one of our most basic human needs - the ability to be understood and the ability to understand others. When communication is taken away, people can feel alone, helpless, and even, eventually, desperate. Max’s story reveals the...
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Sarina Russo Aug 19, 2018

The Importance of the ‘Human Element’ when Training Aged Care Workers

Caring for the elderly is a huge responsibility and, as many aged care workers will tell you, a huge blessing. When training to care for the elderly, many carers can get caught up in the mundane theory of the work. They find themselves simply checking-listing their work and doing the tasks that are expected of them. But in being so task-oriented, what happens is that the carers can “forget” what is really the most important part of their work -...
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