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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 15, 2021

Gone are the days of three scoops on a plate: chefs transform the aged care dining experience

In nursing home kitchens all around Australia, chefs are mastering the art of using food moulds in determined efforts to improve the dining experiences of aged care residents. Their creativity is not only enabling older people in residential care to gain greater enjoyment from their food, it is also providing residents' health and wellbeing with a much-needed boost. We spoke to two chefs about the moulds they use, their tips for success (and what to avoid), and along the way we...
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Anne Ring Jan 14, 2021

Reversing the curve (of the back): A tale of two physiotherapists

 Just over two months ago, I wrote in Part One about my decision to get professional help to reverse the curve in my back. At that time I had a scheduled appointment, to follow three weeks of doing the recommended exercises, for my second visit to a local posture physiotherapist – whom I’d found through Google (remember back to the days when that would have been through the Yellow Pages?). And I was going to report back in HelloCare...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 12, 2021

Nursing home operators may be fined if they fail to report abuse

  The aged care watchdog may be given additional powers that allow it to impose fines on providers that fail to comply with new rules about reporting neglect and abuse in aged care homes. The proposal to increase the powers of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, which will be debated when parliament resumes next month, comes as data reveals an estimated 39.2 per cent of aged care residents experience some form of abuse. Between July and September, the regulator...
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Launching our new HelloCare Store

  In direct response to the challenges providers and workers are facing accessing trusted, quality suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE), our new online store was launched this week. The HelloCare Store in partnership with GoodThings, offers a range of personal care and protective equipment. Visit the bulk order store for businesses or the consumer store to view products and order online.
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Rianna Manuel
Rianna Manuel Jan 18, 2021

The nightmare reality of home care waiting lists continues…

A new press release from Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors, Julie Collins, has revealed the incredible numbers on home care waiting lists. These new figures allege that across the country, almost 100,000 older Australians are still waiting for home care packages. “This is yet more evidence of the Morrison Government’s neglect of our broken aged care system,” Mr Collins says in the press release.  “Older Australians are fed up with waiting for care at home when...
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HelloCare Mail Jan 18, 2021

Social robots helps Wollongong resident stay connect during COVID-19

A retirement village resident of IRT Links Seaside Wollongong has caught a glimpse of the future after being selected to test drive an Ohmni telepresence robot in his home. The robot was loaned to IRT by Canberra-based Robots 4 Good in the midst of the pandemic last year to test how the technology could help overcome social isolation and uninterrupted access to care for home care customers during lockdown. IRT Group Executive General Manager of Home Care Ross Gallagher says the pandemic...
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Rianna Manuel
Rianna Manuel Jan 15, 2021

The musical volunteers bringing joy to Londoners in isolation

London is back in lockdown, and as anyone who has lived through harsh restrictions will tell you, it becomes more difficult the longer it goes on. However, the situation is made all the more difficult if people are living alone and in total isolation from all others.  This is where Give a Song volunteers come in. The musical group travels around South London, knocking on doors to give doorstep performances, brightening the days of the people listening on. ...
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HelloCare Mail Jan 20, 2021

Dementia patient and her carer sing Sinatra classic and hit number 7 on the charts

When 31-year-old carer Jamie Lee Morley first heard aged care resident Margaret Mackie sing, he automatically assumed that the beautiful voice he heard was coming from a nearby radio. While it is certainly not uncommon for aged care staff and residents to develop strong bonds, nobody at the Northcare Suites Care Home in Glasgow, Scotland, could have imagined what would happen next. The pair were recently thrust into the public spotlight as heartwarming footage of the young carer and the...

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Emma Hall Oct 5, 2020

When dying at home isn’t an option, two doctors from Myanmar design for end-of-life

Two childhood friends from Myanmar, now husband and wife in Melbourne, are working together to create a better solution for palliative care in Australian hospitals. In a system under strain and often unable to accommodate the personal needs of patients, industrial designer and inventor Dr Nyein Aung has teamed up with his wife, geriatrician and endocrinologist Dr Thinn Thinn Khine, to design a simple and cost-effective way to deliver a more patient-centred end-of-life experience. Five nights on the floor Growing...
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Ryman Healthcare Jan 12, 2021

A new reality: residents experience Opera like they never have before

Residents from Ryman Healthcare’s Nellie Melba Retirement Village have been treated to an operatic experience like no other during Australia’s first virtual reality (VR) opera trial. With doors to theatres across Melbourne closed, and a cloud of uncertainty caused by COVID-19 still hanging over much of the industry, eight village residents, including Australian opera icon Nance Grant, and residents living with dementia, attended the exclusive trial. Ryman Healthcare Operations Quality Manager Joanne Wang said the VR opera pilot developed by...
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Rianna Manuel
Rianna Manuel Dec 14, 2020

Ex-rugby players launch class action over dementia ‘epidemic’

As former England rugby player Steve Thompson revealed his diagnosis of early onset dementia, the world's eyes have turned to the class action being brought against World Rugby.  "It's the rugby that's put me through this," the 42-year-old said in an interview with The Guardian. "I finished up with nothing really at the end of it. "I have no recollection of winning the World Cup in 2003 or of being in Australia for the tournament," he said...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Dec 11, 2020

Photographer documents father’s final years living with Alzheimer’s

  There is a history of Alzheimer’s disease in the family of Iranian photographer, Jalal Shamsazaran. Both his father and his aunt had it, and his grandfather too. This thread running through the family history led Shamsazaran to begin documenting his father’s journey with Alzheimers’ in a project titled ‘The loss of oral history (The agony of remembering)’. “Perhaps the character and behavior of my father is a part of my character and behavior in future. I can say that...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 13, 2021

Why are aged care homes showing children’s movies to residents?

  Whether it’s 50 Shades of Grey, Mary Poppins or Top Gun, residents should have a say in the movies being shown in their homes, and they should be able to make their own choices, says a highly experienced dementia and wellbeing consultant.  Yet, it has come to HelloCare’s attention that some aged care homes are only showing children’s movies to residents, regardless of the viewers’ interests, histories, cultural backgrounds or preferences. Disney favourites such as Frozen are routinely...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 11, 2021

This is why aged care workers should not fear the COVID-19 vaccine

  Australians will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in a matter of weeks, however some key recipients of the vaccine – aged care workers – are nervous about the new drug, fearing it hasn’t been tested properly in the rush to stamp out the virus as it rages across the world, killing almost 2 million. HelloCare’s ‘Aged Care Worker Support Group’ Facebook page contains several posts and dozens of comments expressing concerns about inadequate testing, side effects, and whether or not...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Dec 18, 2020

The hidden debt of care: “Staff are exhausted and they’re feeling unloved”, Frank Price, CEO of RFBI reflects on 2020

Aged care workers have been carrying more than their fair share of the nation's burdens in 2020. Quietly going about their work, it is these dedicated staff who have been doing their utmost every day to keep older Australians living in aged care homes safe, and helping them endure periods of isolation away from family and friends. We should be recognising our aged care workers right now, and yet we are not: they remain underpaid, overworked and, as though that...
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