I have been confronted and have challenged staff about several encounters that have directly involved and affected my husband and, consequently, me also.
These incidents have included patients’ need for comfort during episodes of delirium, intrusive and aggressive behaviours and patients’ need for companionship.
I have sought advice through My Age Care and have researched Dementia Australia advice to understand suitable interventions to disrupt unwanted behaviours, and have learned that proactive procedures and staff interventions are necessary to avoid unnecessary...
Aged care resident Marie Morris says she would be very lonely if she didn’t have the hens to look after at her nursing home.
Ms Morris is a resident at Whiddon Kelso, where four Chinese Silky hens live and are cared for by residents, and are incorporated into creative and community activities.
The hen-keeping program - HenPower - was featured on SBS’s ‘Insight’ program last night, where Ms Morris explained the importance of the hens to her.
“I grew up...
This article was submitted to HelloCare by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. She wrote these words in response to our article about staff ratios.
During observations of my husband’s and fellow patients’ care in a secure dementia facility, I have witnessed many complex issues and problems with staffing ratios, staff education and skills.
I see that most nursing staff do not have enough daily contact with dementia patients to get to know these patients as individuals that enable them to develop a...
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...
The body of an elderly man who was reported missing on Friday was found in a nearby park on Sunday morning.
The family of Luigi Di Sante said he had dementia, and was living at home with his wife, who was unwell.
When a nurse went to check on his wife on Friday, she raised the alarm when she noticed Mr Di Sante, who was 86, wasn’t home, and a search of the area began.
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