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HelloCare Mail Jun 19, 2018

Update: on Editorial ‘Gangrene, Agonising Infections Reported At Recently Re-Accredited Newcastle Nursing Home’

On 8 June 2018, HelloCare published an article on its website titled ‘Gangrene, Agonising Infections Reported At Recently Re-Accredited Newcastle Nursing Home’. The article described a series of medical conditions suffered by residents of the nursing home and suggested that those conditions were caused or contributed to by a lack of adequate care on the part of Tinonee Gardens The Multicultural Village. HelloCare accepts that the matters described in the article are complex medical conditions and were not presented in...
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Mundipharma Jun 13, 2018

5 Ways to Assess Pain that Every Aged Care Worker Should Know

Monitoring pain in aged care residents is crucial to ensure their comfort and quality of life. To improve the management of pain and to create pain vigilant aged care facilities it has been proposed that pain is considered the fifth vital sign, after temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiration rate. Pain needs to be assessed regularly and the presence of pain - or inadequately controlled pain - should be investigated at admission, whenever there are significant changes in the resident’s...
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Caroline Egan Jun 6, 2018

When operations subtly cause our powers of thinking to deteriorate: Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction

Have you known of someone who had an operation, and family and friends say afterwards, “They haven't been quite the same since”? Sometimes surgery can subtly impact mental abilities. In particular, after surgery some patients report problems with memory, attention, multitasking, and concentration. This condition has been dubbed ‘postoperative cognitive dysfunction’ (POCD), and it can last months - even years. The other bad news is it can be a sign of even worse to come. Developing postoperative delirium and postoperative cognitive...
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Caroline Egan Jun 19, 2018

Six-year old girl killed by reversing car driven by elderly woman

A six-year-old child has been killed after an elderly woman failed to stop when reversing her car out of a parking space. The incident occurred at a pedestrian crossing at Nambour supermarket on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday. The six-year-old’s older sister and her mother were also injured in the incident, but their injuries are not life threatening. The 86-year-old driver of the car was treated for shock, and is helping the police with their inquiries. The incident has understandably...
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Caroline Egan Jun 18, 2018

Are smaller aged care residences better?

Those who lives in smaller towns and rural areas are the happiest people in society, research shows. And so it follows that smaller, more intimate, aged care facilities also have happier residents. “In smaller units the wellbeing is better. It’s been well established,” said Colin McDonnell, Dementia Excellence Practice Lead with not-for-profit aged care provider, Scalabrini. Units of 12-15 beds, even if they make up a larger overall facility, are the design standard in aged care, said Mr McDonnell...
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Tracey Silvester Jun 16, 2018

Benefits of community living

In this episode of Grey Matters, Tracey and Ben discuss the benefits of aged care community living. Community living has some distinct differences and benefits compared to living in your own home or a residential aged care facility. Tracey explains how aged care community living is like a village within a village and how the Seasons model aims to support people to live the age they are inside… whatever age that may be! To listen to the podcast - press the 'play'...
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HelloCare Mail Jun 21, 2018

Nurses in Aged Care – Health Effects of Working Night Shift

Aged care workers are some of the hardest working people in the world. Working in a ‘caring’ profession isn’t a job that you clock in and out of from 9 to 5 - it’s has them on their feet for hours on end, shift after shift. And their shifts can be at any time, at any hour. Nurses or Personal Carers are even working through the night when most people are comfortably in bed. People rely on being cared for...

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Tracey Maxfield Jun 21, 2018

Practising ‘person centred’ dementia care: Tracey Maxfield

In 35 years of working with people living with dementia and the aged population, I have lived by Thomas Kitwood’s philosophy, of person centred care: I am caring for a person with dementia, not a person with dementia. I am caring for a 90-year-old man living with heart disease, kidney failure and lung disease not a 90-year old man living with heart disease, kidney failure and lung disease. It is so important that we see the person first and treat...
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Caroline Egan Jun 21, 2018

High-intensity exercise may not slow cognitive decline in dementia – but exercise still beneficial

Exercise doesn’t prevent the cognitive decline of people with dementia, according to new research from Oxford University. Until now, the theory that exercise might slow the cognitive impairment of people living with dementia had “widespread popularity”, and doctors have recommended that people with dementia follow an exercise program to slow the progress of the condition. However, there had been limited studies on humans to prove the hypothesis. And now those theories are likely to be laid to rest. Researchers from...
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Jade St Clair Jun 20, 2018

A granddaughter’s call for mandated staff ratios

I’ve always had a close relationship with my Grandfather (Pop). When he was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia following a major stroke in 2016, there was no other choice but to place him in a high care dementia unit of a private aged care facility. Pop’s children live interstate now, so I thought it was important for me to visit him as often as possible. Even though he was different after the stroke, he was still the same kind and loving...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 21, 2018

Aged care ‘serious risk’ warnings have more than doubled this year

The number of 'serious risk' notices that have been issued so far this year by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency is already more than twice the number issued last year. A 'serious risk' notice is issued if an aged care home fails to meet one of the industry’s 44 standards, and the chief executive of the AACQA believes there is evidence the failure puts, or may put, the safety, health or wellbeing of a resident at risk. From July last year...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 20, 2018

Aged care workers deserve the respect of their Prime Minister

When the Prime Minister yesterday said an aged care worker can “aspire to get a better job”, he not only potentially offended Australia's 366,000 aged care workers, he also may have turned people away from a rewarding career in an industry where there is proven long-term demand and a staff shortage. In Question Time yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said a 60-year-old aged care worker in Burnie can “aspire to get a better job”. Though he went on to clarify that “working is...
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John Pollaers Jun 19, 2018

How do we promote access to the right care at the right time?

HelloCare Exclusive - part 3 in a series of 4. Read Part 1 and Part 2. The Aged Care Workforce Strategy, due to be delivered to the Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt, at the end of this month, lays out pragmatic actions to grow and sustain the aged care workforce. The strategy will be wide-ranging and an opportunity for the industry – working with government and the wider community – to implement lasting change so we can...
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