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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
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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Jo Bonser Jan 21, 2021

5 Nutritious Puree Food Recipes

Each year, individuals of all ages all around the world are diagnosed with feeding or swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). Put simply, dysphagia can be described as difficulty moving food, liquid, saliva or medication from the mouth to the stomach. The consequences of dysphagia include dehydration, malnutrition, aspiration and asphyxiation, and a negative impact on quality of life and social participation in eating and drinking. IDDSI (International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative) suggests that over 590 million people worldwide are currently living with Dysphagia. Dysphagia...
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Rianna Manuel
Rianna Manuel Jan 21, 2021

Intergenerational care brings fun and laughter to aged care facility in regional Victoria

When you think about an aged care facility, the last thing you expect is the sounds of young children in playgrounds running around. But at Chaffey Aged Care in Merbein, Victoria, that’s exactly what you’ll get.  A brand new early learning centre has opened on the grounds of the care facility near Mildura in Victoria’s north-west, breathing new life and bringing a lot of fun to the facility.  “We opened on the fourth of January and I have...
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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 22, 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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Rianna Manuel
Rianna Manuel Jan 22, 2021

When does gift-giving from a resident to a care worker cross the line?

Working in aged care care, so much time and effort is devoted to ensuring residents are given the very best care by the people that care for them. So it makes sense that on some occasions, recipients of care may want to demonstrate their appreciation by giving a small gift or delicious little treats. Whether that be something they have made themselves, a bunch of flowers from the garden, or perhaps something they’ve gone out to buy especially for you...
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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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