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Greater respect for patient could have avoided trauma in final months of life

Anyone who has lived through an ailing parent's final months will tell you it can be a harrowing experience. For Karen, nothing could have prepared her for the last 12 months of her mother’s life. Not even a background in law could help her adequately navigate ‘the system’ of acute care, rehabilitation, a traumatic stay in a mental health ward and, ultimately, aged care. Helping Joan maintain her independence Back in 2010, Karen’s mum Joan was still living well and independently. In her late...
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Caroline Egan Feb 17, 2020

Rural aged care at risk as two-thirds report losses

  Nearly two in three aged care providers in rural and remote areas - 65 per cent - are losing money, according to a new report by independent aged care accountants StewartBrown. The report also noted that rural and remote aged care facilities have fewer residents than their city counterparts, but their residents have higher care needs. Rural and remote facilities also have difficulty attracting staff, have lower accommodation prices and higher costs, such as for food and maintenance. Despite...
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Ken Markwell Feb 12, 2020

National Apology Day a day for remembrance

This week, twelve years ago, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spoke to all Australians acknowledging Australia’s wrongdoing which resulted in the suffering of the Stolen Generations. My wife and I kept our daughters home that day from school to watch the apology. It was a significant day, not just for our people, but all Australians. Despite it taking decades for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to receive a formal apology from the Australian government the date holds poignant significance...
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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 Feb 17, 2020

Elderly Woman Escapes Kidnapping Attempt From Her Own Home

An elderly woman was robbed and allegedly kidnapped by a knife-wielding intruder that burst into her home in south-west Sydney. Maria, 74, answered the door of her Kemps Creek home to a man who claimed that he wanted to make a phone call before things turned violent. Maria described the beginning of the terrifying incident in an interview with 9News. “He knocked on the door and said that he wanted to make a phone call and then he lost it...
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Greater respect for patient could have avoided trauma in final months of life

Anyone who has lived through an ailing parent's final months will tell you it can be a harrowing experience. For Karen, nothing could have prepared her for the last 12 months of her mother’s life. Not even a background in law could help her adequately navigate ‘the system’ of acute care, rehabilitation, a traumatic stay in a mental health ward and, ultimately, aged care. Helping Joan maintain her independence Back in 2010, Karen’s mum Joan was still living well and independently. In her late...
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Jakob Neeland Feb 17, 2020

Taxi Driver Saves An Elderly Woman From Being Scammed out of $25,000

Having a chat with your taxi driver is nowhere near as common as it used to be, but taking the time to share a conversation with a stranger proved to be extremely beneficial for one elderly woman in the US state of California.  The 92-year-old woman was in the middle of a taxi ride from her home in Roseville, California, to a local bank, when she told her taxi driver that she planned to take out $25,000 to...
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Jakob Neeland Feb 18, 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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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 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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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Feb 18, 2020

Retired Radio Announcer Takes Over The Airwaves At His Aged Care Home

When Jim Flemming was just a teenager, he told his mother and father that he wanted to be a radio announcer.  At the age of 16, Jim stumbled upon an advertisement in the paper from a gentleman that was offering training at a broadcast school and within five minutes of his first lesson both Jim and his trainer realised that he made the right decision. “You know Jim, you are very lucky,” the trainer said, “you were born...
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Caroline Egan Feb 17, 2020

No one’s home: 110,000 calls to My Aged Care left unanswered 

More than 110,000 calls to My Aged Care went unanswered in three years, according to information provided through Senate Estimates. Last year alone, nearly 43,000 weren’t answered, an average of 118 calls every day.  Satisfaction with the nation’s entry point to the aged care system was also below par. The satisfaction rate for 2018-19 was 57 per cent, below the government’s satisfaction KPI of 65 per cent. System is “broken” and in “crisis” A statement from Shadow...
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Jakob Neeland Feb 14, 2020

What’s The Point Of A Royal Commission If The Government Isn’t Listening?

When the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report was released last October, Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck’s claim that he was “shocked” by the report was troubling, to say the least. The Interim Report, titled Neglect, was both candid and scathing in its assessment of the Australian aged care sector, but all of the issues raised within the report's findings have been well documented over the years and are common knowledge to industry insiders. Research from...
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