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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 18, 2019

NDIS to fund sex therapy, triggers calls for government to fund sex workers too

A woman living with multiple sclerosis has won the right to have sex therapy funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but disability advocates are calling for the scheme to also extend to sex workers. The woman applied to have sex therapy for “sexual release” funded under her NDIS plan, but was initially refused. The woman appealed, and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has now decided in her favour, arguing that sex therapy is a “reasonable and necessary support” for her...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 17, 2019

Operators cutting costs on food nothing new, says nutrition expert 

  A leading dietician says the aged care industry has long known operators aren’t spending enough on residents’ food, and it’s time solutions began to be implemented. Dr Cherie Hugo, dietician and founder of The Lantern Project, told HelloCare that witness comments yesterday claiming some operators spend as little as $6.50 per resident per day on food come as no surprise. “We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” Dr Hugo said. “It’s nothing new.” Dr Hugo said she established...
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Caroline Egan Jul 11, 2019

Should staff be allowed to sleep on night duty for their health and safety?

Night shift is a common part of many aged care worker’s lives. Some enjoy it and come to prefer to work at night, while others never get used to the disruption night shift causes to the physical, emotional and social fabric of their lives.  There’s a huge amount of interest - both anecdotally as well as in the field of academia - in the topic of managing to get enough sleep while working at night. Here at HelloCare, we became...
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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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Kerry Mann Jul 11, 2019

Living longer shouldn’t mean living lonelier

This Thursday, 11th of July is Cheer up the Lonely Day, which serves as an important reminder that feelings of loneliness are unfortunately a common occurrence for many, particularly senior Australians. So how can we ensure our ageing population feels included and cared for? Unfortunately, loneliness affects a disproportionate number of senior Australians and the issue has become much more than an unfortunate situation – it is a serious health concern, and one which should be a public health priority...
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Ilsa Hampton
Ilsa Hampton Jul 10, 2019

Nearly half of older Australian do not feel heard or understood

New data reveals almost half of survey respondents aged 65+ years do not feel heard or understood. New research released today by the nation’s peak body for spiritual care and ageing, Meaningful Ageing Australia, shows almost half of Australian survey respondents (41.8 percent) aged over 65 years do not feel their identity is truly heard or understood by their loved ones. The new national online study, comprising 1000 Australians aged over 65 years, indicated 55.6 percent of respondents...
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Anne Ring Jul 10, 2019

Conscious walking: think about it

    Older people are at greater risk of falling, and when that happens our ageing bodies are more likely to suffer more severe consequences. There is a lot being written about this from various perspectives. These include reasons for increased falls, ranging from domestic hazards to various physical conditions, and ways of preventing falls, ranging from fall-proofing homes to a variety of balance-improving exercises. But in scanning the sorts of advices available I haven’t found the approach that is...
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Caroline Egan Jul 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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Caroline Egan Jul 18, 2019

Apathy “the forgotten symptom of dementia” 

Apathy can be one of the most distressing symptoms of dementia. Seeing a loved one withdraw from the world and impossible to reach can be extremely worrying and upsetting for family. Apathy makes it difficult for someone to enjoy life, and it can even accelerate cognitive decline and increase mortality rates.  Yet there is little research on the topic of apathy. And in care it is often overlooked, with the focus falling to more disruptive symptoms, such as aggression...
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Caroline Egan Jul 11, 2019

People with young onset dementia have few options and are turning to aged care 

When a young person is diagnosed with dementia, there are limited options available for them when it comes to the time they can no longer remain living at thome. Many end up living in residential aged care facilities for no other reason than it was the only option available to them. However,  Natasha Chackwick, chief executive officer and founder of NewDirection Care, believes ‘traditional’ aged care facilities are usually not suitable for people with young onset dementia, and smaller...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 9, 2019

Amazon sells straightjackets and restraints online for people with dementia

Online retailer Amazon has come under pressure for selling physical restraints on its website that are intended to be used to restrain people who are living with dementia. Amazon sells several types of physical restraints online, including hand control mittens, belt restraints, upper body jackets, and, perhaps most shockingly, a full body “binding sling”. The online descriptions of the products say they can be used on patients experiencing drug withdrawal, psychiatric patients, and for those living with dementia. Physical restraint...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 18, 2019

NDIS to fund sex therapy, triggers calls for government to fund sex workers too

A woman living with multiple sclerosis has won the right to have sex therapy funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but disability advocates are calling for the scheme to also extend to sex workers. The woman applied to have sex therapy for “sexual release” funded under her NDIS plan, but was initially refused. The woman appealed, and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has now decided in her favour, arguing that sex therapy is a “reasonable and necessary support” for her...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jul 17, 2019

Young People With Disabilities Should Not Be Living In Aged Care Homes

Sitting in attendance at a Royal Commission Community Forum can be an extremely confronting experience, but amongst all the heartbreaking personal accounts of abuse and neglect of elderly people, the one story that affected me the most didn’t actually involve an elderly person at all.  A young mother in a wheelchair who had been severely disabled in an accident was assisted to the microphone by a personal carer who then proceeded to read out a letter that detailed the...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 17, 2019

Operators cutting costs on food nothing new, says nutrition expert 

  A leading dietician says the aged care industry has long known operators aren’t spending enough on residents’ food, and it’s time solutions began to be implemented. Dr Cherie Hugo, dietician and founder of The Lantern Project, told HelloCare that witness comments yesterday claiming some operators spend as little as $6.50 per resident per day on food come as no surprise. “We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” Dr Hugo said. “It’s nothing new.” Dr Hugo said she established...
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