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The Hon Ken Wyatt
The Hon Ken Wyatt May 22, 2019

I would be “honoured” to continue in role of Minister for Aged Care, says Ken Wyatt

I am delighted with the election result, both nationally and in my own electorate where I received a considerable increase in local support. I would be honoured to continue in my role as Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care but that is entirely in the hands of the Prime Minister as he works to ensure the best skills mix and capacity for his Ministerial team that will provide strong leadership for our nation and all Australians. Providing aged care...
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HelloCare Mail May 22, 2019

So you’re thinking of going into a nursing home? Here’s what you’ll have to pay for

By Laura Davy, UNSW This week at the aged care royal commission hearings, the CEOs of three aged care providers called for a change in the way residential aged care is funded to improve the quality of care. This followed a plea from Aged Care Services Australia for the government and opposition to address what it called a “crisis in residential aged care funding”. But while most residential aged care funding comes from government, residents also have to contribute. So...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 21, 2019

Do we ‘move on’ from grief, or does it stay with us?

Grieving for a loved one can be almost unbearably painful. At times, it may even feel as though we will never recover. And yet, death and loss are a part of life, and so the profound feelings that accompany them are, in many ways, inevitable. But just as loss is an inevitability, so too it our ability to overcome it. We all find ways to cope with our loss, and as time passes, the pain dulls, and we realise we are getting...
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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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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 21, 2019

Do we ‘move on’ from grief, or does it stay with us?

Grieving for a loved one can be almost unbearably painful. At times, it may even feel as though we will never recover. And yet, death and loss are a part of life, and so the profound feelings that accompany them are, in many ways, inevitable. But just as loss is an inevitability, so too it our ability to overcome it. We all find ways to cope with our loss, and as time passes, the pain dulls, and we realise we are getting...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 20, 2019

Adapted bikes put nursing home residents back behind the wheel

When people say ‘it’s just like riding a bike’, they’re usually referring to an activity that once learned, will always be remembered. Scarlet House Care Home, in Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom, with the assistance of Wheels for All, has made that expression a practical reality - providing bikes for aged care residents to ride, even though some haven’t ridden for nearly a century! “I loved it,” said resident Marion as she cruised the nursing home corridors, in a...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring May 20, 2019

Two very different films with the same important messages for old – and young

Right now, in our cinemas there are two films – one American and one British – starring seasoned older actors in roles that mirror their stages in life. And the two have been very differently reviewed by the critics. Interestingly, however, each movie incorporates the same two important messages for those of us who have come to accept that we are on the way out, in one way or another, as we slide down the slippery slope of old age...
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Caroline Egan May 25, 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 May 22, 2019

Is consent required when prescribing psychotropic medication, or not?

  Consent to administer psychotropic medication in nursing homes is not legally required, often leaving families in the dark about the powerful drugs their loved one has been given. An issue that has come up several times during the royal commission is the giving of psychotropic medications to a resident in aged care without the consent of either the individual or their family or guardian. Often the first time family knew their loved one was being administered the powerful drugs was...
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Sue Silcox May 20, 2019

What does it feel like to have dementia?

Caring for someone living with dementia isn’t always easy - it can be frustrating, overwhelming and even, at times, frightening. Though every case of dementia is different, the changes that take place in a person’s brain when they have dementia can have a range of effects, including apathy, depression, sadness, anger, agitation, confusion, or even aggression. Dementia also changes a person’s senses, their hearing, sight, taste, smell and sense of touch. Some of the challenges you may be experiencing caring...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 20, 2019

Aged care residents are “very lonely”, royal commission hears

  One of the nation’s leading dementia experts and a widely respected dementia advocate addressed the royal commission on Friday, explaining the challenges they see in the aged care sector and dementia care, and the solutions they propose. Professor Henry Brodaty, Scientia Professor at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing at the University of New South Wales, said residents in aged care are “very lonely”. “No one sits down and talks to the person” One researcher found that the median...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 24, 2019

Staff ratios: can Australia afford them?

Staff ratios are one of those issues that divide the aged care industry. There are those who say mandated staff ratios are essential to delivering the standard of care we expect for our senior citizens, and then there are others who say mandated staff ratios will do little to improve quality of care, and may even mean some operators, especially those offering precious services in remote and regional areas, will have to close. In an ideal world, aged care facilities...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland May 23, 2019

What Is The Appropriate Staffing Level For An Aged Care Facility?

The aged care industry in Australia was definitely not built on the back of clear definitions. Words like ‘appropriate’ and ‘care’ are extremely broad by themselves, and the term 'appropriate care’ is almost indefinable without a series of examples and vague assumptions. While there is absolutely no doubt that the vast majority of aged care workers do their best to provide for their residents, there is also no denying that a significant portion of staff feels overworked and unable to...
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NurseWatch
NurseWatch May 22, 2019

The ‘sandwich generation’: coping when you’re caring for your parents and your kids

Changing demographics and social norms in Australia have given rise to a new phenomenon: the 'sandwich generation' - those caught between caring for their own children as well as their ageing parents. Parents are choosing to start their families later. The fertility rate for women aged 35-39 has more than doubled over the last 30 years, while the rate for women aged 40-44 has tripled. At the same time, rising property prices and higher costs of living are enticing adult...
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