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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 22, 2020

Program to reverse frailty being trialled in Australia

  Frailty affects half of all Australians over the age of 65, making them vulnerable and at increased risk of poor health outcomes, and even death, in the event of illness or injury.  But research tells us the progression of frailty can be slowed and even reversed.  The key problem has been encouraging frail people to take part in interventions, and to keep those interventions going. To address this issue, Bolton Clarke Research Institute is adapting a successful program...
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HelloCare Mail Jan 22, 2020

Consumers can now apply for an aged care assessment online

A new online form is available on the My Aged Care website that allows consumers or someone acting on their behalf to: register with My Aged Care apply for their first assessment online. The form can be completed in their own time as an alternative to calling the My Aged Care contact centre. Visit the My Aged Care website for information about how consumers can now apply for an assessment. This new functionality will be continuously improved. Please encourage consumers to provide feedback via the survey or Contact...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 20, 2020

Major aged care provider reports $40 million loss

  One of the nation’s largest aged care providers has reported a loss of $40 million. However, after a property revaluation of nearly $24 million, the organisation’s “comprehensive loss” was reported as $16 million. During the 2018-19 financial year, UnitingCare received nearly $651 million in government grants and subsidies.  On top of that it received $515 million in patient and client revenue, and $213 million in services and fees. Executives were paid $4.7 million, a decline from the...
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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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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jan 24, 2020

Seniors From Different Cultures Explain What Australia Means To Them

Australia day means something different for everyone, and those of us lucky enough to be living down under have much to be thankful for.  The devastation bushfires have put a lot of things into perspective in recent times, one of which is just how similar everyone's needs are, regardless of our differences and cultural backgrounds. Over the years Australia opened its arms to people from all over the globe and now almost one in four people living in this...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jan 24, 2020

Foul-Mouthed Australian Teen Gets Dose Of His Own Medicine After Threatening An Elderly Man

WARNING: Explicit Language An online video that shows a teenager threatening to ’crack’ and elderly man on a Sydney train surfaced on social discussion website Reddit earlier this week. The video begins with the elderly gentleman telling a teenager in a striped T-shirt to ’shut up’ for a reason that is still unknown before the cowardly teen begins to aggressively threaten the elderly man. https://www.reddit.com/r/JusticeServed/comments/esbbm3/kid_trash_talking_an_elderly_man/ “Make me, make me .. what the f*&k are you gonna do?”...
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HelloCare Mail
HelloCare Mail Jan 22, 2020

Twice As Many Older Australians Are Using Illicit Drugs

Illegal drug use is not something that most of us would associate with older people, but new research shows that a growing number of people over the age of 60 have recently taken illicit drugs. A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found that the number of people aged 60 and above who have recently used illicit drugs increased from 4.0% percent to 7.9 percent in a 15-year period. Alcohol and Drug Foundation...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 24, 2020

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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Michael Preston Jan 19, 2020

Hearts of gold

Three years ago I walked into a memory support facility in Gerringong NSW. I had recently moved to the area with my partner from Tasmania and had graduated with a degree in dementia from the University of Tasmania the year before. So I was eager to specialise in an area I had become passionate about over the past three years.  From the moment I stepped into the door, I was greeted by smiling faces, from the manager to staff...
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HelloCare Mail Dec 21, 2019

Best of 2019: 24 Hour Nurse, A Mother’s Day Story

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29HiTmi-4mc[/embed] This year, International Nurses Day coincided with Mother's Day. Nicky Hondros, a palliative care nurse shared her and her mum's heartfelt story and provided a little glimpse into what it's like caring for someone living with dementia....
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Dec 12, 2019

Granddaughter follows couple’s heartbreaking journey through dementia 

  Danish photographer, Sophie Mathiassen, has been awarded the 2019 Bob and Diane Fund award for her profoundly moving body of work that captures her grandparents’ journey through dementia.  ‘But greatest is love’ is the story of Ms Mathiassen’s grandparents, from the time her grandfather was diagnosed with dementia and Parkinson’s disease, to how his wife stepped up to be his carer, and how she coped with slowly losing her life partner until, eventually, he passed away.  The...
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HelloCare Mail Jan 22, 2020

Risky business – potential conflicts of interest called out under ‘privatised’ ACAT system

  With aged care assessments set to be put to tender in a few months, concerns have been escalating about potential conflicts of interest arising from assessors aligned with single organisations or modes of care. Voices in the industry have raised concerns with HelloCare that conflicts of interest may mean vulnerable older people miss out on the care they need. Older Australians put at risk One industry insider told HelloCare they were concerned assessors may be tempted to refer customers...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 21, 2020

Government calls for input into draft plan for ageing population

  The federal government has released a draft version of its Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Roadmap and is calling for feedback from the public. The aim of the $185 million ‘Roadmap’ is to help the government prioritise funding for dementia and aged care research. The key aim of the ‘Mission’ is to support older Australians to maintain their health and quality of life as they age, to live independently for longer, and to access quality care when they...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jan 17, 2020

Aged Care Staff Need To Be Careful About What They Say Online

While there is no doubt that the internet has enhanced our ability to access information and communicate with those we love, giving everyone the ability to speak to the masses is not a privilege without complications. The vast majority of Australians have personal social media accounts, and it is not uncommon to see posts from friends and family members who take the opportunity to vent their frustrations publicly. The last three years have seen a surge in the number of...
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