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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 19, 2019

Maggots found in palliative resident’s mouth

Maggots were found in the mouth of a Broome aged care resident, they royal commission has heard. On 26 January 2018, a Broome nursing home received an anonymous complaint that a 62-year-old female resident had maggots in the side of her mouth and under her tongue. After receiving the information, staff immediately investigated, and found the complaint to be true. They notified the clinical nurse manager, and began treatment at once under her guidance. Sadly, later that day the woman...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 18, 2019

“Cold and lonely” older Australians developing hypothermia in their homes: study

Older Australians are developing hypothermia in their homes, a study by The Alfred’s Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah has found. The study followed 217 patients who, between 2009 and 2016, presented at The Alfred and Sandringham’s emergency departments with hypothermia. Of those, tragically, 11 per cent died. The mean age of those presenting at the hospital was 77 years. Nearly 80 per cent developed hypothermia inside their homes. Just over half – 55 per cent – were pensioners, and 45 per cent...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 18, 2019

Connection to culture and country vital for Indigenous elders, royal commission hears

The royal commission into aged care continued in Broome on Monday, with a focus on the needs and concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Professor Leon Flicker, a professor of geriatic medicine at the University of Western Australia, told the commission Indigenous Australians often have to leave their country when they move into residential aged care, but they would prefer to stay closer to home because of their “innate” connection to the land. When asked what constitutes culturally...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 20, 2019

Jail time approved for families who neglect elderly parents

A proposal to punish families who neglect their parents, possibly with jail time, has been approved in a state of India. The state of Bihar has approved a proposal to punish children who abandon or neglect their elderly parents, with the highest possible penalty a period behind bars. The leader of Bihar, CM Nitish Kumar, approved the proposal, which will have the effect of making it compulsory for children to look after their parents appropriately as they age. Some states...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 19, 2019

Family portraits capture aged care residents in a favourite location

A Hong Kong photographer’s family portraits of nursing home residents with their families has been so well received, he now wants to take the concept global. When photographer Dick Lau was first asked to take portraits of residents in an aged care home, he wasn’t too interested in the idea. “The original idea from the nursing home staff was taking a portrait for the elderly,” he explained to HelloCare. “It is an unpleasant thing, and I wanted to reject...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 18, 2019

Why do some older people become reluctant to take a shower?

Something that many carers and people who work in aged care might have observed is that older people sometimes become reluctant to bathe or take a shower. Even those who were once very conscious of their appearance and the way they present themselves to the world can become lax about bathing and even putting on clean clothes. Why is this so? There can be a number of reasons that older people might ‘give up’ on their personal hygiene. Sometimes older...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 20, 2019

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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“I see residents struggling with grief, depression, fear and confusion… borne of loneliness and boredom”

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...
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Caroline Egan Jun 12, 2019

Hens making nursing home residents healthier and happier

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...
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HelloCare Mail May 31, 2019

A concerned wife calls for staff ratios after witnessing husband’s care

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...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 19, 2019

Maggots found in palliative resident’s mouth

Maggots were found in the mouth of a Broome aged care resident, they royal commission has heard. On 26 January 2018, a Broome nursing home received an anonymous complaint that a 62-year-old female resident had maggots in the side of her mouth and under her tongue. After receiving the information, staff immediately investigated, and found the complaint to be true. They notified the clinical nurse manager, and began treatment at once under her guidance. Sadly, later that day the woman...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 18, 2019

Why do some older people become reluctant to take a shower?

Something that many carers and people who work in aged care might have observed is that older people sometimes become reluctant to bathe or take a shower. Even those who were once very conscious of their appearance and the way they present themselves to the world can become lax about bathing and even putting on clean clothes. Why is this so? There can be a number of reasons that older people might ‘give up’ on their personal hygiene. Sometimes older...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 18, 2019

Connection to culture and country vital for Indigenous elders, royal commission hears

The royal commission into aged care continued in Broome on Monday, with a focus on the needs and concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Professor Leon Flicker, a professor of geriatic medicine at the University of Western Australia, told the commission Indigenous Australians often have to leave their country when they move into residential aged care, but they would prefer to stay closer to home because of their “innate” connection to the land. When asked what constitutes culturally...
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