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Caroline Egan Apr 15, 2019

Delaying doctor’s ‘first visit’ in nursing homes could increase risk of dying

A delay in seeing a doctor, or not seeing a doctor at all, when a resident first moves into aged care may increase the likelihood the resident will be admitted to hospital, or even die, according to new research. When a resident is first admitted to a nursing home, they generally undergo a range of assessments, including an assessment by a doctor. In the first days of a resident’s time in care, it’s crucial the appropriate care regime is established...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Apr 4, 2019

The 92 Year Old Doctor Who Rides The Train To Work To Treat Patients and People Suffering With Addiction

A lot has been said over the years regarding the value that is placed on elderly people. Somewhere over the last few decades within western society, the social standing of older people has been relegated from valued and knowledgeable leaders of our households and community to the silent people in the background who must be worked around in order to maintain our modern day lifestyles. Lifestyle in 2019 is more fast-paced than ever, and the mindset of people is far...
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Cherie Hugo Mar 26, 2019

Residents 11 times more likely to develop a pressure injury if malnourished

The first area of focus when a Pressure Injury develops should ALWAYS be nutrition. You see, a resident with a Pressure Injury (PI) is generally a malnourished resident. And when defining malnutrition, it does not merely come down to a resident’s current weight. Residents who are considered obese can still most certainly be malnourished. In fact, a recent hospital-based study found that obese malnourished patients were 11 TIMES more likely to develop a PI! The patients in the study were...
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Meet Lauren, Our Founder

I’m so glad you made it to HelloCare our digital magazine. We bring you the very best information around the world from Aged Care industry experts and providing a voice for the elderly community. We publish topics that we believe our audience want to read such as tips to staying healthy, support for caregivers & professionals, dementia and overall wellbeing. If you want to see more of something then please email me, as I’m here to make HelloCare exactly what you want to read about. lauren_sign
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Sarah Russell Apr 18, 2019

Open disclosure is needed in all aged care homes

How often does an incident in an aged care home escalate because management is afraid of litigation? When a mistake occurs in a public health service, the person who has been affected and/or their legal representative must be informed about the ‘adverse event’. This is known as ‘open disclosure’. Open disclosure is defined as “the open communication that takes place between health practitioners and patients after an adverse event”.  An open disclosure process includes: An apology or expression of regret; a...
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Karen Smith
Karen Smith Apr 18, 2019

Staying independent as we age, with a little help

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz3_VBYu2o4 As we age, there may come a time when we have to accept we need a little more help. We know most senior Australians wish to remain living in their own home independently and, as such, accepting support can give them the confidence to ensure this happens.    A survey by The Productivity Commission in 2015 found that 83 per cent of Australians over the age of 60 would strongly prefer to age in place, in...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Apr 15, 2019

“Old and inside”: How prisons are coping with an ageing inmate population

Australia’s prison population is ageing, creating a unique set of challenges in correctional facilities across the country. Prisons are catering for the needs of an increasingly frail and unwell prison population, Natasha Ginnivan, ReINVEST Research Manager, Kirby Institute, told HelloCare, but more could be done. Older inmate population up 348% The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, shows the number of prisoners aged 65 years and over has increased by 348 per cent, or by 805 more people, in the...
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Caroline Egan Apr 18, 2019

Two-hourly repositioning to prevent bedsores is “abuse”, study says

  New research from the University of New South Wales has raised questions about the correct way to care for those requiring pressure area care. The common practice of repositioning every two hours those at risk of developing bedsores may be interrupting their natural sleep rhythms, causing them to become more agitated and distressed, according to the new study. The practice of repositioning also fails to prevent bedsores from developing, the researchers say. The fact that the practice continues is a form...

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Study Shows One Type Of Dementia Can Be Linked To Criminal Behaviour

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) can be challenging to identify and is often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer's disease. In fact, just like many neurodegenerative disorders, conclusive diagnosis can only truly be made during an autopsy. While the majority of people living with dementia are over the age of 65, frontotemporal dementia tends to occur between the ages of 40 and 45, and the disorders that stem from this condition have a distinct effect on an individuals behaviour, personality...
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Caroline Egan Apr 11, 2019

Door images of younger selves bring tears of happiness

A small, not-for-profit aged care provider in Toukley, New South Wales, has found an innovative way to bring joy and meaning to residents’ lives that has been so successful it’s even attracting the general public to come in and take a look! The Viet Vets Keith Payne VC aged care facility spoke to HelloCare about how they came up with the imaginative idea that is not only beautiful to look at, but also obviously filled with meaning for residents, staff...
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Caroline Egan Apr 5, 2019

People living with dementia need music and dance, minister says

  People living with dementia should be given music or dance therapy, the UK Health Secretary has said. At a reception hosted by the Prince of Wales at Clarence House, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “Dementia can devastate the lives of people affected by it and, although there is not yet a cure, I believe we can do more to improve the lives of people with the condition.” “In particular, I want to combat over-medicalisation and dishing out pills...
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Sarah Russell Apr 18, 2019

Open disclosure is needed in all aged care homes

How often does an incident in an aged care home escalate because management is afraid of litigation? When a mistake occurs in a public health service, the person who has been affected and/or their legal representative must be informed about the ‘adverse event’. This is known as ‘open disclosure’. Open disclosure is defined as “the open communication that takes place between health practitioners and patients after an adverse event”.  An open disclosure process includes: An apology or expression of regret; a...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 18, 2019

“Bullying is rife in aged care”

  By Maria Berry Our family was privileged to attend the premiere launch of ‘The Target’, a movie by Giovanna Mercuri about bullying. The movie is based on true stories of bullying and the serious long term impacts on those who are victims. This movie made me reflect on bullying within the aged care sector. As someone who has worked for 30 years with older people both professionally and in community roles, I can confirm that bullying is rife within...
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Ilsa Hampton Apr 17, 2019

“Soft” skills – really?

You may have seen the testimony of Raelene Ellis at the Royal Commission in to Aged Care Quality and Safety. Raelene's mother has experienced the aged care system from one end to the other, with Raelene as her main support. At one point, Raelene spoke about the struggle to accept that her mother needed residential care. Through tears she described her head being ready but that her heart was not. Our emotions, and even deeper, our sense of self, our...
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