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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 17, 2020

Aged care residents receive half the funding of prisoners

  Aged care residents receive around half the government funding of prisoners, the CEO of a Tasmanian nursing home has told local media. Aged Care Deloraine CEO, Charlie Emmerton, told The Advocate it was “really sad” older members of the community receive such low levels of funding. “On average we get $50,000 a year for a resident, which includes their daily care, cleaning, washing, medication, and food. "If I was running a prison I would get $100,000 per...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 16, 2020

Savings from home care changes should go to cutting wait list

  The government is proposing to change the way it delivers funding for home care services because there is a growing problem with rising levels of unspent funds. Currently, funding for home care is delivered in bulk and upfront. One problem of that system is when funding is not spent by the consumer, it remains with the provider. Home care providers currently have around $800 million worth of unspent funds sitting on their books. The average level of unspent funds per provider is...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 16, 2020

Minister denies claims people died waiting for NDIS funding

  The Disability Minister has denied media reports that people died while waiting to be allocated NDIS funding. New Corp media reported on Wednesday that between 2016 and 2019, more than 1,200 Australians, including 65 children, died while waiting for an NDIS package.  The claims were broadly condemned by media around the country. But Disability Minister Stuart Robert has denied the claims, despite the prime minister noting the deaths were “unacceptable” and the data originally coming from his...
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Nursing Home Residents Produce Snacks And Shelter For Bushfire Affected Wildlife
Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jan 15, 2020

Nursing Home Residents Craft Snacks And Shelter For Bushfire Affected Wildlife

The residents of Lifeview’s Willow Wood facility in Victoria’s South Eastern suburbs have always marched to the beat of their own drum.  In late 2019, a group of residents aged between 75 and 99 made headlines as they posed for a nude calendar. Later in the year, they managed to take the internet by storm yet again with a hilarious Christmas video that featured three scantily clad residents showing off their wild side while making a cake. Like all...
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Attacks on Seniors by Teens
Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jan 14, 2020

Violent Attacks On Seniors By Australian Teenagers A Growing Concern

A recent spate of crimes committed against seniors by young Australians has been raising some concern this week, as more incidents begin to surface. Earlier this week, two teenagers aged 18 and 19-years-of-age were charged with serious assault for crash tackling an unsuspecting 72-year-old woman in an unprovoked attack on a Sunshine Coast beach. Police believe that the pair were part of a large group of young men on the beach in Alexandra Headland who observed the 72-year-old woman going...
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Seniors Sewing for Australian Wildlife
Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jan 10, 2020

Seniors and Families Across the Globe Are Knitting Pouches And Mittens For Injured Australian Wildlife

It is impossible to understate the devastating effects that bushfires have had on the Australian public and landscape. Hardworking, everyday Australians have lost their lives, families have lost their homes, and the scorched earth that was once home to some of the planets most unique wildlife has become an animal graveyard of unfathomable proportions. It is estimated that over half a billion animals have already lost their lives in the Australian infernos and many of the weird and wonderful creatures...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 17, 2020

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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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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Michael Preston Dec 11, 2019

What a difference a party can make

I recently attended a Christmas party for the residents of a memory support unit where I work. The day was like any other Christmas party with a festive live music band, decorations on the walls and tables set for the special meal. The kitchen was a hive of activity, where food platters were being produced. For all intents and purposes, any outsider would perceive that this was a group of elders enjoying a Christmas gathering. All behaviours had ceased, residents...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jan 17, 2020

Aged Care Staff Need To Be Careful About What They Say Online

While there is no doubt that the internet has enhanced our ability to access information and communicate with those we love, giving everyone the ability to speak to the masses is not a privilege without complications. The vast majority of Australians have personal social media accounts, and it is not uncommon to see posts from friends and family members who take the opportunity to vent their frustrations publicly. The last three years have seen a surge in the number of...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 15, 2020

Why are aged care staff paying expenses out of their own pockets?

  Aged care staff are paying for work expenses out of their own pockets, despite it being a widely acknowledged fact they are underpaid. All too often home care staff will pick up the tab for an outing with a client, paying for their client’s coffee or movie ticket on a day out. On their own, each outing might not seem like a large expense. Warm-hearted staff might think it’s worth the cost to see their client smile, but over...
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HelloCare Mail Jan 14, 2020

Staff and residents chose to stay as fire turned on Omeo nursing home

  When Ward Steet, the CEO of Omeo District Health, was told that wind conditions had changed and an approaching fire was now expected to reach Lewington House nursing home from the opposite direction they were expecting it, he made the devastating decision to evacuate. With 14 residents, most in their 80s and 90s and four very frail, he knew it was a significant call. However, only minutes later, local CFA members reassured him. They said the facility was their...
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