A government committee has heard that Australia’s regulation of the use of physical and chemical constraints is in breach of human rights conventions.
Former aged care minister Ken Wyatt approved the new regulations to limit the use of chemical and physical restraint in April 2019, and they became effective in July.
But a special hearing was held yesterday after a number of groups warned the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights that the regulations raised human rights concerns.
New research has shown that remaining socially active in your 50s and 60s lowers the risk of developing dementia.
While previous studies have shown that social connectedness can protect against dementia, earlier studies have only been conducted over relatively short periods.
This latest study by University College London was conducted over 28 years, making it the most robust research in this field.
Loneliness a “health epidemic”
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, told HelloCare people are living longer and the incidence of...
The new aged care quality standards don’t ensure quality dementia care will be delivered to people living with dementia, says Dementia Australia.
But the peak body for dementia in Australia has spoken to those with lived experience of dementia in forums all around the country to find out what is important to them.
Using the insights they gathered, Dementia Australia has formulated a series of recommendations to support the eight accreditation standards, which only came into effect on...
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...
Older people with dementia who remain living at home may suffer more pain, anxiety and poor health than their counterparts living in nursing homes, according to new research.
In a new study out of the United States, researchers compared 728 adults over the age of 65 years who were living with moderately severe dementia in three settings: the person’s own home, residential facilities with support, and nursing homes, where residents receive help with basic daily care.
The findings, which...