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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Apr 9, 2020

How do you bathe a home care client?

  Showering and bathing is a personal experience, but many people will require help with this daily task as they grow older. Bathing is important for older people. It helps with personal hygiene and can be an important part of continence management and managing skin integrity. But bathing is also pleasurable, it makes people feel both refreshed and relaxed, and can greatly benefit a person’s sense of wellbeing. Home care workers can talk to clients who need assistance with bathing...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 1, 2020

Woolworths Introduces ‘Basics Box’ For Elderly & Vulnerable People

When hordes of selfish shoppers stripped supermarket shelves of essential items, Woolworths was the first major supermarket in Australia to try and prioritise their elderly and vulnerable customers with ‘elderly-only’ shopping times. This amazing initiative provided newfound hope to many older Australians who ventured out to shopping centers only to return empty-handed, and now, Woolworths is taking things one step further. Woolworths is now rolling out an $80 box of groceries called the ‘Basic box’ which can be ordered and...
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HelloCare Mail Mar 26, 2020

Government COVID-19 guidelines for using PPE in aged care

Do staff need to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when providing aged care services to a suspected COVID-19 case who is awaiting test results? Aged care workers should wear appropriate PPE when they are providing care to suspected case/s of COVID-19 who are awaiting test results in the interim until their test results are confirmed negative (they do not have COVID-19). The appropriate PPE is known as contact and droplet precautions and requires a gown, surgical mask, eye protection and...
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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 Apr 9, 2020

101-Year-Old Woman Escapes Nursing Home Lockdown To Visit Daughter On Her Birthday

Much has been said about a mother’s love for her children and recent events in Germany are proof that this bond does not deteriorate with age. Just like Australia, German aged care facilities have been closed to visitors over the last two weeks to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but one elderly resident decided that a lockdown would not stop her from wishing her daughter a happy birthday in-person. The 101-year-old woman’s plan of escape started well enough, as...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Apr 8, 2020

Nursing Home Resident Starts Sewing Face Masks To Fight Coronavirus

Much has been said about protecting people living in nursing homes recently, but it appears as though some residents are more worried about everyone else. Rina Sartoretto, 86, was born in Italy and first started sewing at the tender age of 12-years-old. Mrs. Sartoretto’s skills with the needle and thread developed quickly, and before too long she has forged herself a career as a dressmaker. When the time came to move into a nursing home, she packed her sewing machine...
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Australians Adopt Pets During Lockdown
Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Apr 7, 2020

Isolated Australians Are Saving Thousands of Animals By Adopting

As millions of Australians settle in for another week of isolation, many of us are finding ourselves searching for new ways to relieve the monotony of staying at home. Excitement can come in a variety of different forms, but a growing number of Australian families have brought a new spark of life into their homes in the form of a fostered or adopted pet. Only 2 weeks ago, the RSPCA and a number of other animal re-homing organisations asked the...
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Jakob Neeland Apr 9, 2020

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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HelloCare Mail Mar 25, 2020

Grandmother Who Only Eats McDonald’s Will Not Go Without During Lockdown

One of the most distressing aspects of caring for someone living with dementia can be when they become highly selective about what they will eat or refuse to eat anything at all. Recently, a family from the English city of Liverpool faced a worrying dilemma when McDonald’s restaurants in the UK announced that they would be closing their stores, as their beloved grandmother refuses to eat anything but McDonald’s. Eva Gilland is an 89-year-old grandmother who is living with dementia...
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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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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Apr 9, 2020

Is The Aged Care Workforce Headed For Burnout?

Australia’s health system has long been viewed as one of the best in the world, a reputation that is currently being cemented as it continues to adapt to the challenges of an ongoing pandemic. One of the key reasons for Australia having lower fatality and transmission rates than other infected countries stems from having a level of scalability that allows our healthcare providers to remain flexible. As the Morrison Government looks to upskill 20,000 existing nurses to help meet...
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Jakob Neeland Apr 7, 2020

Eight Carers Leave Home And Move Into Facility To Care For Residents With Dementia

There are very few positives that can be taken from the global coronavirus pandemic, but at the very least, hardworking healthcare professionals and those that care for the vulnerable are finally getting recognition for their bravery and dedication. Times of crisis have a way of revealing people's true characters, and a recent story from the UK stands a prime example of the value of aged care staff and an incite into the amazing bonds that they can have with their...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 6, 2020

Care Professionals Forced To Deal With Angry Public Due To Virus Fears

Healthcare workers across the state of NSW are being advised to not wear their scrubs in public after several disturbing reports of staff being assaulted. Unfortunately, the physical and emotional abuse of healthcare workers has been on the increase in recent years, with hundreds of nurses and midwives being victimised by those in their care and their families while at work. But now it appears that some health care professionals are also being victimised in public. As healthcare workers struggle...
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