Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Aug 2, 2019

Eating more protein halts malnutrition

  Increasing the amount of protein eaten daily prevents aged care residents from becoming more malnourished, according to new research. Sandra Iuliano, senior research fellow, University of Melbourne, told HelloCare that focusing on nutrition in aged care has enormous benefits to residents’ health, and is also likely to have cost benefits too. Food should be at the centre of aged care “We need to look at nutrition and get that right systematically across Australia,” she said. People concentrate on...
Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jul 31, 2019

The Australian Charity Covering The Cost Of Veterinary Bills For Pensioners

Almost anyone with a pet will tell you that it doesn't take very long for an animal to become a fully-fledged member of the family. Relationships between everyday-people and their pets can obviously mean a lot, but there is no overstating just how special that bond can be to an older person.  Elderly people are more prone to social isolation than any other age demographic in Australia, which is highlighted by the little known fact that men over the...
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Sue Silcox
Sue Silcox Jul 30, 2019

Why do we stop playing as we grow older?

We know that children benefit from play. They learn about the world, engage with each other, as well as getting moving and active in their environments. Play is no different for older people, who also can benefit from social connectedness, exercise, and using their minds in creative ways. Play is also simply a great opportunity to have some fun. “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing,” said George Bernard Shaw. So...

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 31, 2019

“Unless somebody dies” you won’t get respite care, royal commission hears

The royal commission has been hearing this week about the struggles that carers face looking after their loved ones at home. Carers revealed they face social isolation, financial hardship, difficulty accessing respite care, and a lack of support in general. Yet some said it was still a role they were happy to perform. “What was important to me was providing care for someone else” On Tuesday, Nicole Dunn told the royal commission that moving in with her grandmother at the...
Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 30, 2019

‘Death cafes’: coming together to discuss a taboo topic

MidCoast Council is hosting a series of ‘death cafes’ in the lead up to ‘Dying to know’ day on 8 August, giving the community the opportunity to ask questions and discuss a topic that is still often considered taboo. When three councils amalgamated in 2016 to form MidCoast Council, one of the biggest issues for them was uncertainty about where to go to find information. There were a particularly large number of questions about cemeteries, memorials, and burials. “People were...
Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 26, 2019

Queensland ambos to grant dying wishes

  A dedicated ambulance has been made available to grant terminally ill people their dying wish. In a new program, Ambulance Wish Queensland will give people with a terminal illness the resources, specialist transport, and medical care they need to fulfill their final wishes. The first person to be granted a wish was 92-year-old Betty Dowsett, who this week was able to leave her palliative care room to spend a few hours in the sun at Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens...

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Aug 2, 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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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 29, 2019

New standards don’t ensure quality care for people living with dementia

  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...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 26, 2019

Lenny the dementia-friendly barber

  Lenny White’s dementia-friendly mobile barber service has been such a hit with clients he’s taking the concept global, and will even be in Australia next year to talk about the unique service he offers people living with dementia. When Lenny first engaged with people living with dementia, he was 17 years old and washing dishes at his local care home. Serving meals to the residents, he always enjoyed their company and found it easy to speak to them. He...
Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 18, 2019

Apathy “the forgotten symptom of dementia” 

Apathy can be one of the most distressing symptoms of dementia. Seeing a loved one withdraw from the world and impossible to reach can be extremely worrying and upsetting for family. Apathy makes it difficult for someone to enjoy life, and it can even accelerate cognitive decline and increase mortality rates.  Yet there is little research on the topic of apathy. And in care it is often overlooked, with the focus falling to more disruptive symptoms, such as aggression...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Aug 2, 2019

“It’s a relief” errors out in the open

  Aged care operators who don’t care properly for residents should face “heavy penalties”, says a family who saw their loved one endure a horrifying ordeal at the nursing home where he spent part of the final months of his life. Eva Rinaldi, whose father Luigi Cantali was neglected at the aged care facility Carino Care Russell Lea, told HelloCare she was glad the facility’s problems are now out in the open. “I’m glad someone’s bringing it to light now,” she...

 RFBI wins ACSA ‘Provider of the Year’ 

RFBI is delighted to be the winner of the ACSA ‘Provider of the Year’ Award.  Announced at the Awards dinner held on Thursday 25 July, ACSA has again honoured organisations, teams and individuals who have demonstrated excellent contributions and achievements in the aged care industry throughout the year.  As a leading not-for-profit aged care provider, RFBI is continually evolving; striving to incorporate new thinking, research, technology and building designs to improve outcomes for residents and clients. Amongst the many initiatives...
Simon Kerrigan
Simon Kerrigan Aug 1, 2019

Remember the Physical Therapy Subsidy?

  The aged care community and its consumers are desperately searching for positive change. A significant determinant of the current stagnated system is the current funding tool. That fact has been recognised and is in the process of redevelopment. But have we been too quick to completely discard a valuable idea due to its close association with the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)? The “Physical Therapy Subsidy” was a great idea and there’s some very good reasons to consider its...

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