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HelloCare Mail Feb 15, 2018

What is Palliative Care? The Principles That You Need To Know

When a person is told they need palliative care, it can be an emotional and confronting thing for them and their loved ones. It is quite natural to feel afraid when hearing the words 'palliative care' for the first time, but with the right information and support the process can be made easier. Palliative care essentially means that a person is at the end of their life, and a big focus is on keeping them comfortable so that they are able to live out their final time...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 6, 2018

Underdosing Pain Medications and Overdosing Antipsychotic Drugs

Getting medication right is a delicate thing when you or a loved one is in care, and medication errors pose one of the greatest risks to patient safety. Giving too little medication will not be effective and will  leave the patient or resident in a great deal of discomfort. Giving too much and there can be dire and side effects - which can include death. Pain, Pills and Palliative Care According to new research, this is especially an issue in...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 6, 2018

Hospital’s Medication Error Leads to Death

When you or a loved one go to hospital, you would hope and imagine that you would get the best care possible. That means getting the right procedure from a capable doctor, being cared for being a responsible nurse and getting all the right medications. But for one patient, that sadly did not happen - and it eventually led to his death. Paul Lau was a healthy 54 year old man. He was in hospital to get a routine knee...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 19, 2018

New Stronger Flu Vaccine for Older Australians after 2017’s Deadly Outbreak

Last year, the killer flu outbreak was particularly devastating in aged care. In Victoria alone, it was reported that 121 aged care residents had died from the flu. In comparison, last year there were 36 fatal Victoria cases. Overall, more than 1100 people across Australia died from the flu last year. More than 90 per cent them were by people over the age of 65. Because of that, the Federal Government will provide two new ground-breaking flu vaccines to over...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 19, 2018

Call for Help: Elderly Abuse Hotline Red Hot, To Be Expanded

An elderly abuse hotline has been receiving so many calls that the NSW State Government has been forced to appoint caseworkers to help with referrals. The NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit will now have caseworkers who will help was referring callers to the appropriate agencies and each complaint followed-up and monitored. The trial will cost about $150 000, after it was found that the number of calls had recently doubled. This trial is based on similar programs operating...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 14, 2018

Should Convicted Criminals Be Allowed to Live in Aged Care Facilities?

Safety is one of the most important things that aged care should offer. The elderly residents should be safe from harm from the carers, staff and the other residents. In order to enforce such safety, should there be police background checks on potential aged care residents before they are allowed to move in? This question comes to mind after a convicted murderer, who was living in a NSW aged care facility, stabbed another resident during lunch. Could this have been...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 19, 2018

Nurses in Aged Care – Health Effects of Working Night Shift

Aged care workers are some of the hardest working people in the world. Working in a ‘caring’ profession isn’t a job that you clock in and out of from 9 to 5 - it’s has them on their feet for hours on end, shift after shift. And their shifts can be at any time, at any hour. Nurses or Personal Carers are even working through the night when most people are comfortably in bed. People rely on being cared for...

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Neglected Issue: Exercise for Individuals Living with Dementia in Residential Aged Care Facilities

Most health professionals working in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) will agree that physiotherapy and exercise for individuals living with dementia is a neglected area, even though there is evidence that demonstrates numerous benefits. A systematic review found studies demonstrated significant improvements in cognition, agitation, mood, mobility and functional ability for individuals living with dementia in RACFs when they participated in exercise. Recent Australian studies have also demonstrated the feasibility of physiotherapy and exercise for individuals living with dementia in...
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Why We Need to Talk About Dementia

This is Part 1 of The University of Queensland Brain Institute’s Brain Series on HelloCare Dementia is a complex health problem, both because of the sheer number of underlying conditions that can cause it (more than 50) and because of its direct and indirect impact on people and the health system. We currently have no cure for any form of dementia. With an ageing population, people are living longer and the social and economic costs continue to rise. More than 400...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 9, 2018

Wandering: What People with Dementia are Really Trying to Tell You

“Wandering” is a controversial word when it comes to dementia. Why so? It’s common for health professionals and family carers to refer to “wandering” as a symptom of their condition but some dementia advocates, as well as people living with dementia,  do not like the term. And perhaps rightly so. They may even go as far as to encourage people to not call such behaviour “wandering”. Rather an unmet need of the person living with dementia. So what actually is...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 16, 2018

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Shakeup: Aged Care Watch Dog to Be Shut Down?

In news overnight, it was announced that Australian Aged Care Quality Agency will be overhauled after failing to detect the countless elder abuse that was happening at South Australia’s Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service. The Aged Care Minister, Ken Wyatt, says that the health, safety and wellbeing of senior Australians in aged care is non-negotiable. “What happened inside Oakden was shocking and the Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring the situation is not repeated,” he told HelloCare   “On...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 16, 2018

Aged Care Abuse: South Australia’s Mental Health Minister Steps Down Ahead of Damning Oakden Report

South Australia’s mental health minister, who was at the centre of the Oakden Aged Care scandal has just announced that she will not contest the upcoming state election this March. Minister Leesa Vlahos was widely criticised for her handling of the abuse and neglect allegation made against the state-run mental health facility. There were allegations that elderly residents with dementia had been overmedicated, mistreated and inappropriately restrained, according to SA's chief psychiatrist Dr Aaron Groves damning report into the Oakden...
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HelloCare Mail Feb 15, 2018

Happier Nurses Make for Happier Patients

Working in the healthcare sector, and in particular aged care, can be an emotionally draining experience. While caring for those less fortunate can be a rewarding experience, there are also some negative impacts it can have. With people who are unwell all around you, lonely and isolated, and death being as frequent as every other day, it can be a challenge for the aged care staff to stay happy and upbeat. But being happy is an important part of the...
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