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Sandra Hills Sep 24, 2020

It’s “inhumane” older Australians are waiting years for home care

Anglican not-for-profit aged care provider, Benetas, joins the choir of voices in Australia calling for the Australian Government to end the Home Care Package waitlist in its upcoming federal budget. As commented earlier this month following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s hearings on Home Care Packages, Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM said that the existing waitlist for essential services for older Australians is untenable. “The latest official data shows there are 103,000 older Australians who...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Sep 24, 2020

Design of ‘house-style’ aged care home backed by latest dementia-care research

In South Australia’s Adelaide Hills, plans are underway to build a new, state-of-the-art aged care facility that blends the latest in dementia-care research with community-centred design. Clayton Church Homes has unveiled plans for a 60-bed home, Summerhill, to be located on a hilltop site in the town of Uraidla. CHS is a not-for-profit provider aligned with the Uniting Church. It delivers aged care services in the Adelaide Hills, with two residential aged care facilities and six retirement villages. It’s very...
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HelloCare Mail Sep 23, 2020

Click here to let the PM know you support more staff in aged care

  The unions representing aged care workers have released a proposal to fix Australia’s struggling aged care system. Supporting the proposal, the Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Union has provided a link that enables you to send a letter directly to the PM calling for more staff and better training in aged care. The proposal comes following reports that Queensland aged care providers had laid off staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the government had taken no action. The QNMU says...
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Launching our new HelloCare Store

  In direct response to the challenges providers and workers are facing accessing trusted, quality suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE), our new online store was launched this week. The HelloCare Store in partnership with GoodThings, offers a range of personal care and protective equipment. Visit the bulk order store for businesses or the consumer store to view products and order online.
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Rianna Manuel
Rianna Manuel Sep 25, 2020

The over 75s rocking out to the Stones

Meet the Young @ Heart Chorus, the singing group that has collaborated with the likes of David Byrne from Talking Heads. The thing that’s especially cool about them? They are all over the age of 75.  Founded nearly 40 years ago in Massachusetts, the group has been the subject of an award winning documentary and has travelled the world performing from New Zealand to New England to Europe. And now, with touring off the agenda, in the first week...
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Sandra Hills
Sandra Hills Sep 24, 2020

It’s “inhumane” older Australians are waiting years for home care

Anglican not-for-profit aged care provider, Benetas, joins the choir of voices in Australia calling for the Australian Government to end the Home Care Package waitlist in its upcoming federal budget. As commented earlier this month following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s hearings on Home Care Packages, Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM said that the existing waitlist for essential services for older Australians is untenable. “The latest official data shows there are 103,000 older Australians who...
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Rianna Manuel
Rianna Manuel Sep 23, 2020

Local libraries checking in on older members during lockdown

After libraries were forced to close in the fallout of coronavirus restrictions, some in Melbourne’s north-east have taken it upon themselves to continue to offer community support and resources to some of the most isolated members of their community.  “One of the key things about libraries is we never close. We're open to the community,” said Jane Cowell, CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library “So to be told that we had to close, literally we had to close...
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HelloCare Mail Sep 25, 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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Rianna Manuel
Rianna Manuel Sep 25, 2020

The over 75s rocking out to the Stones

Meet the Young @ Heart Chorus, the singing group that has collaborated with the likes of David Byrne from Talking Heads. The thing that’s especially cool about them? They are all over the age of 75.  Founded nearly 40 years ago in Massachusetts, the group has been the subject of an award winning documentary and has travelled the world performing from New Zealand to New England to Europe. And now, with touring off the agenda, in the first week...
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Donald Weaver
Donald Weaver Sep 25, 2020

Depression and dementia in the age of COVID-19: Two sides, one coin

Every seven seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia. A typical case that I often see in my practice is as follows: A 76-year-old woman has a two-year history of progressive worsening of short-term memory and cognitive decline. She can’t recall the names of her grandchildren and is devastated by her deteriorating abilities. However, this is not the first time in her life that she has had feelings of loss and despair. Over the past 30 years, she has...
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Carinity
Carinity Sep 24, 2020

All aged carer staff must undertake specialised dementia training

  Why do you keep talking to me? What do you want? I don’t understand what you are saying. This is what can go through the mind of a person living with dementia as they try to navigate their confusing and often frustrating new world Almost half a million Australians live with dementia – and that number is projected to more than double within 40 years. Almost 1.5 million people are involved in the care of Australians with dementia...
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Rachael Wonderlin
Rachael Wonderlin Sep 22, 2020

16 things I would want if I got dementia

If I get dementia, I want my friends and family to embrace my reality. If I think my spouse is still alive or if I think we're visiting my parents for dinner, let me believe those things. I'll be much happier for it. If I get dementia, I don't want to be treated like a child. Talk to me like the adult that I am. If I get dementia, I still want to enjoy the things that I've always enjoyed...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Sep 25, 2020

Sharing the “good vibes” in aged care

Vicki Cain dreamed of being a nurse from the age of four. She would often accompany her grandfather, the local surgeon in Ballina, on his rounds, and it was from that point she decided working in aged care as a nurse was the career for her. So, after leaving school at 16, Ms Cain got a job at the local aged care facility. “I walked out of there the first day feeling like I was on fire,” she told...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Sep 24, 2020

Design of ‘house-style’ aged care home backed by latest dementia-care research

In South Australia’s Adelaide Hills, plans are underway to build a new, state-of-the-art aged care facility that blends the latest in dementia-care research with community-centred design. Clayton Church Homes has unveiled plans for a 60-bed home, Summerhill, to be located on a hilltop site in the town of Uraidla. CHS is a not-for-profit provider aligned with the Uniting Church. It delivers aged care services in the Adelaide Hills, with two residential aged care facilities and six retirement villages. It’s very...
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Spend more time providing high-quality care and less time on tedious admin

This article is sponsored content The role of technology in aged care continues to evolve as new pressures on the industry surface. An efficient, well-connected healthcare system is integral for older people living at home or in residential facilities, as well as their families and aged care workers. This year, Adelaide-based healthtech company Lumary, enhanced functionality in its end-to-end healthcare platform, Lumary Care Management (Lumary CM). The software is specifically designed for Home Care Package (HCP) providers, covering complexities of compliance...
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