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empathy and aged care
Sarina Russo
Sarina Russo Nov 6, 2018

The Power of Empathy

When working as a carer in the aged care sector, it’s important to have certain - and somewhat specific - personality traits or qualities. One of these is empathy for the elderly. Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from their perspective - essentially the ability to relate to what another person feels. And going from understanding how they feel to acting up on it. When caring for the elderly, it can be rather...
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nurses
Lauren Todorovic
Lauren Todorovic Nov 6, 2018

Aged Care 101 – what every good carer should do before leaving a resident’s room

Caring for older people takes a special someone, that cannot be denied. We often hear from the elderly and their families that the quality of care in an individual facility is dependent on the carer or nurse rostered on that day. After speaking with a number of nurses and carers in the field, we have come up with 5 things that every carer can do to make the day of the elderly that often find it hard to do these...
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Sarah Russell
Sarah Russell Oct 17, 2018

‘Robbed of precious time’: chemical restraints and aged care

Nearly two-thirds of aged care residents are prescribed psychotropic drugs regularly. Questions that must be urgently asked. Mary’s 85-year-old husband had been in an aged care home for just over a week. He had been getting frailer but was still sharp mentally. However, Mary* became extremely worried when her husband started sleeping all day. After much ado, Mary obtained access to the medication chart for her husband. The aged care home’s GP had prescribed risperidone (an anti-psychotic medication), oxazepan (a...
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aged care homes
Sarah Russell
Sarah Russell Oct 5, 2018

Has government by media replaced consideration of evidence in aged care?

Surely Scott Morrison didn’t need ABC’s Four Corners to inform him that the aged care sector is a national disgrace. Prime minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of a royal commission into aged care quality and safety surprised everyone, including the aged care minister, Ken Wyatt, who, until recently denied the need for one. We still do not know the name of the commissioner, how much it will cost or the terms of reference, suggesting this is policy-on-the-run. The announcement came on...
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“There is no excuse for elder abuse”

Elder abuse is a form of family violence. It can occur in various ways - including physical, emotional, sexual and financial - and instances of elder abuse often do not happen in isolation. Seniors exposed to financial abuse may also be the victim of emotional abuse. Most often, elder abuse is carried out by someone known and trusted by the victim, such as a family member or a friend. Though it is shocking to think of our elders, who deserve...
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HelloCare Mail
HelloCare Mail Oct 5, 2018

“19 of the 44 standards are irrelevant”: An aged care owner’s perspective

A couple of weeks ago, we published an article titled 'Is Six Minutes Long Enough for Aged Care Staff to get Residents Ready Each Morning?' The article reached nearly 20,000 of our Facebook followers, and attracted nearly 200 comments and shares. One reader, Anton Hutchinson, whose family has proudly owned Canberra Aged Care Facility for over 30 years, provided us with the operator's view of this debate. Here at HelloCare we always strive to provide balanced commentary. We have published Mr...
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Wayne Belcher
Wayne Belcher
CEO Of Braemar Presbyterian Care
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Warren Duce
Tunstall Healthcare - Technology Expert
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Vicki Tuchtan
Academic Director At Aged Care
Val French
Val French
AM M.Lit.Stud BA
Tracey Silvester
Tracey Silvester
Executive Manager, Envigor Home Care
Tracey Maxfield
Tracey Maxfield
Nurse, Author
Tim Humphries
Tim Humphries
CEO Of Homestyle Aged Care
Tibor Paller
Tibor Paller
Aged Care Chef
The Hon Ken Wyatt
The Hon Ken Wyatt
Minister For Aged Care, Minister For Indigenous Health
Tamar Krebs
Tamar Krebs
Founder And CEO Of Group Homes
Tabitha Lovett
Tabitha Lovett
Head Of Philanthropy At Equity Trustees
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Sylvia North
Registered Dietitian And Integrative Nutritionist
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Suzanne McLoughlin
Director Of Home Instead Senior Care
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Suzanne Greenwood
CEO Of Catholic Health Australia
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Suzanne Dyer
Senior Research Fellow, NHMRC Partnership Centre In Cognitive And Functional Decline
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Steven Strange
CEO And Founder Of Health Metrics
Steven Sanders
Steven Sanders
Writer And Blogger
Sheryl Aldcroft
Sheryl Aldcroft
Managing Director Of Agestrong Physio
Sharon Forbes
Sharon Forbes
Industry Liaison Clinician At Freedom Aged Care
Sharon Billings
Sharon Billings
Advance Care Planning Clinician, Alfred Health
Sean Rooney
Sean Rooney
CEO, Leading Age Services Australia
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Samantha Bowen
Founder Of Acorn Network
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Sam Hijazi
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Sally Hogan
Registered Nurse, Cert IV TAELLN
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Rosemary Iloste
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Rodney Horin
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Robert Fedele
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Robert Clifford
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CEO Of Care Support Network
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Richard Meaden
Financial Consultant
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Rhod Ellis-Jones
Principal Consultant Of Ellis Jones
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CEO Of Omnicare Alliance
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Rafal Chomik
Senior Research Fellow,(CEPAR), UNSW
Victoria Traynor
Victoria Traynor
Professor At University Of Wollongong
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Richard Fleming
Executive Director Of Dementia Training Australia
Philip Daffas
Philip Daffas
CEO & Managing Director Of PainChek
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Petrina Scott
Principal Consultant - Judgement Index
Peter Scutt
Peter Scutt
Founder Better Caring
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Peter Chittenden
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Penny Holcombe
Director And Founder Of Care3
Norman McNamara
Norman McNamara
Founder Of Global Purple Angel Dementia Awareness Campaign
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Nicki Doyle
Director At KPMG
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Nick McDonald
CEO Of Prestige Inhome Care
Nick Loudon
Nick Loudon
CEO And MD Of Seasons Group
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Mike Cahill
CEO Greysafe
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Michael Riley
CEO Of Greysafe
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Graduate Dementia Care Specialist
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Co-founder Of Home Care Heroes
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Mary Wood
Executive Director Of The Retirement Living Council
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Mark O'Toole
Founder–Managing Director
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Marissa Sandler
CEO And Co-founder Of Careseekers
Margaret Winbolt
Margaret Winbolt
Director Of Dementia Training Australia
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Margaret O'Connor
Emeritus Professor
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Mairead Dunne
Founder Of Spritz Mindset
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Maddison Fuhrmann
Senior Account Executive - Ellis Jones
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Lyndall Kay
Aged Care Reform
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Lydia Paterson
CEO Of Care Guidance
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Lucinda Zammit
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Louise Hallinan
Founder Of Smart Brain Health Centre
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Lisa O'Driscoll
Respiratory Clinical Consultant
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Lisa Murray
Principle, Strategically Placed Marketing
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Lisa Kelly
CEO Carers ACT
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Leah Bisiani
Dementia Consultant
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Lauren Todorovic
Founder And Director Of CarePage And HelloCare
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Lauren Hockley
Co-founder Of Careseekers
Kim Dyason
Kim Dyason
Executive Director Of Nursing - Autumn Aged Care
Kerrie Lavery
Kerrie Lavery
CEO Of Parkglen
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister Of Aged Care
Kate Swaffer
Kate Swaffer
CEO Of Dementia Alliance International
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Kate Ford
Freelance Journalist
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Justin Potter
National Business Development Manager At MAS National
Jurgen Gotz
Jurgen Gotz
Director Of The Clem Jones Centre For Ageing Dementia Research
Julie Collins MP
Julie Collins MP
Shadow Minister For Ageing And Mental Health
Julie Cole
Julie Cole
Dementia Consultant
John Pollaers
John Pollaers
Chair Of The Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce
John Carroll
John Carroll
Chief Executive Officer
Jo Cleary
Jo Cleary
Aged Care Consultant
Jim Toohey
Jim Toohey
President Of Carers Queensland
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Jillian Slade
Placement Consultant
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Jenny Williams
General Manager At Amana Living
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Jennene Buckley
CEO Of Feros Care
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Janine Yeates
Senior Account Manager - Ellis Jones
James Vickers
James Vickers
Co-Director Of The Wicking Dementia Centre
James Price
James Price
Managing Director And Co-founder Of Mirus Australia
Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland
HelloCare - Creative Director
Ilsa Hampton
Ilsa Hampton
CEO Of Meaningful Ageing Australia
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Retired Director Of Nursing
Helen Attrill
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CEO And Consultant
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Geoff Grady
CEO Of Aveo Group
Gary Buck
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Director At CIO Advisory
Fi Darby
Fi Darby
Writer
Felicity McIntosh
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Health And Ageing - Ellis Jones
Elizabeth Harmon
Elizabeth Harmon
Writer Of Open Colleges
Eleanor Morgan
Eleanor Morgan
Aged Care Reform
Eileen Webb
Eileen Webb
Associate Professor, Curtin Law School
Eamonn Fitzpatrick
Eamonn Fitzpatrick
Placement Services Coordinator At Vasey RSL Care
Yvette Porter
Yvette Porter
Dentist At Apple Dental
Tony Bartone
Tony Bartone
Vice President Of Australian Medical Association (AMA)
Sarah Russell
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Aged Care Matters
Ryan Harvey
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Deputy Clinical Director Of House Call Doctor
Rodney Syme
Rodney Syme
Vice President, Dying With Dignity
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Jane Sims
Health Research & Evaluation Consultant
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Dr Jane Fischer
CEO And Medical Director At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem
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Drew Dwyer
Gerontologist
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Catherine Barrett
Director Of Celebrate Ageing
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David Constantine
Ellis Jones - Design Director
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Danielle Robertson
Director Of Danielle Robertson Consulting
Daniel Aitchison
Daniel Aitchison
Manager At TriCare
Craig Hunter
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Journalist, Editor And Business Writer
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Founder And Director Of Fire Films
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Claire Ward
SummitCare Executive Manager - Marketing And Comms
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Founder Of The Lantern Project
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Carolyn Broomfield
Owner Of New Horizon Fitness
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Editor HelloCare
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General Secretary, NSWNMA
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Clinical Dietitian
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Founder, Little Miss Organised
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Financial Journalist
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Secretary Of Queensland Nurses And Midwives’ Union
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Money Expert At Health Insurance
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Bernard Schokman
CEO Of Design Moshpit
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Ben Myers
Executive Director - Retirement Living For The Property Council Of Australia
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Ara Cresswell
CEO Of Carers Australia
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Aodhan Docherty
Dentist At About Smiles Dental
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Federal Secretary - ANMF
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Amy Henderson
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Amelia Moulis
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