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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 11, 2019

Should staff be allowed to sleep on night duty for their health and safety?

Night shift is a common part of many aged care worker’s lives. Some enjoy it and come to prefer to work at night, while others never get used to the disruption night shift causes to the physical, emotional and social fabric of their lives.  There’s a huge amount of interest - both anecdotally as well as in the field of academia - in the topic of managing to get enough sleep while working at night. Here at HelloCare, we became...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Jul 10, 2019

Conscious walking: think about it

    Older people are at greater risk of falling, and when that happens our ageing bodies are more likely to suffer more severe consequences. There is a lot being written about this from various perspectives. These include reasons for increased falls, ranging from domestic hazards to various physical conditions, and ways of preventing falls, ranging from fall-proofing homes to a variety of balance-improving exercises. But in scanning the sorts of advices available I haven’t found the approach that is...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 10, 2019

Should AINs be providing therapeutic massage to frail injured residents?

Assistants in nursing are being asked to massage elderly aged care residents, even those who are injured, according to a HelloCare reader. The reader has told us that AINs are expected to massage residents for five minutes in the course of daily personal care, and for a total of 20 minutes each week.  “This was unheard of when I first started (working in aged care),” our reader said. “Only a trained physio was allowed to massage the resident’s...
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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
Getting Older
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Kerry Mann
Kerry Mann Jul 11, 2019

Living longer shouldn’t mean living lonelier

This Thursday, 11th of July is Cheer up the Lonely Day, which serves as an important reminder that feelings of loneliness are unfortunately a common occurrence for many, particularly senior Australians. So how can we ensure our ageing population feels included and cared for? Unfortunately, loneliness affects a disproportionate number of senior Australians and the issue has become much more than an unfortunate situation – it is a serious health concern, and one which should be a public health priority...
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Ilsa Hampton
Ilsa Hampton Jul 10, 2019

Nearly half of older Australian do not feel heard or understood

New data reveals almost half of survey respondents aged 65+ years do not feel heard or understood. New research released today by the nation’s peak body for spiritual care and ageing, Meaningful Ageing Australia, shows almost half of Australian survey respondents (41.8 percent) aged over 65 years do not feel their identity is truly heard or understood by their loved ones. The new national online study, comprising 1000 Australians aged over 65 years, indicated 55.6 percent of respondents...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Jul 10, 2019

Conscious walking: think about it

    Older people are at greater risk of falling, and when that happens our ageing bodies are more likely to suffer more severe consequences. There is a lot being written about this from various perspectives. These include reasons for increased falls, ranging from domestic hazards to various physical conditions, and ways of preventing falls, ranging from fall-proofing homes to a variety of balance-improving exercises. But in scanning the sorts of advices available I haven’t found the approach that is...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 16, 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 Jul 11, 2019

People with young onset dementia have few options and are turning to aged care 

When a young person is diagnosed with dementia, there are limited options available for them when it comes to the time they can no longer remain living at thome. Many end up living in residential aged care facilities for no other reason than it was the only option available to them. However,  Natasha Chackwick, chief executive officer and founder of NewDirection Care, believes ‘traditional’ aged care facilities are usually not suitable for people with young onset dementia, and smaller...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 9, 2019

Amazon sells straightjackets and restraints online for people with dementia

Online retailer Amazon has come under pressure for selling physical restraints on its website that are intended to be used to restrain people who are living with dementia. Amazon sells several types of physical restraints online, including hand control mittens, belt restraints, upper body jackets, and, perhaps most shockingly, a full body “binding sling”. The online descriptions of the products say they can be used on patients experiencing drug withdrawal, psychiatric patients, and for those living with dementia. Physical restraint...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 8, 2019

Moments of clarity in those with dementia may be a sign death is near

  People living even with advanced dementia can have periods of remarkable clarity, often to the astonishment of carers and loved ones.  But researchers have found that rather than being an encouraging sign, a return of clarity - a phenomenon that has been reported for thousands of years - can be a sign that death is close. I recall the last time I visited my great grandmother. She was 99, and living in a nursing home in country New...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jul 16, 2019

From Alive And Well, To Dead In Three Months

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety touched down in Cairns on Monday providing those in Far North Queensland with the chance to share their stories and offer possible solutions to a number of the issues currently being faced in the Australian aged care sector.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of Aged Care Royal Commission hearings have been littered with harrowing personal stories of elderly neglect, and yesterday proved to be no different as Johanna Aalberts-Henderson, a nurse...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jul 15, 2019

Everyday Australians And Their Four-Legged Friends Make The Best Volunteers

While there is certainly no shortage of weird and wonderful pets these days, there is a reason that dogs have earned the nickname ‘man’s best friend.’ Dogs can provide a sense of both joy and companionship to older people who are lonely, and it has been proven that interacting with animals, in general, can also have a profound impact on the lives of elderly people who are living with dementia. Over the last few years there has been a...
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HelloCare Mail
HelloCare Mail Jul 15, 2019

Fake Nurse Conned His Way Into Becoming Aged Care Director Of Nursing

A Victorian man has been fined $60,000 after being convicted of charges relating to falsely claiming to be a registered nurse. The charges involved four counts of holding himself out as a registered nurse, one of unlawfully using the protected title ‘registered nurse’ and one count of unlawfully claiming to be authorised or qualified to practise in the nursing profession. The charged against the man were laid by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in the Ringwood Magistrates'...
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