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Caroline Egan Apr 15, 2019

Delaying doctor’s ‘first visit’ in nursing homes could increase risk of dying

A delay in seeing a doctor, or not seeing a doctor at all, when a resident first moves into aged care may increase the likelihood the resident will be admitted to hospital, or even die, according to new research. When a resident is first admitted to a nursing home, they generally undergo a range of assessments, including an assessment by a doctor. In the first days of a resident’s time in care, it’s crucial the appropriate care regime is established...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Apr 4, 2019

The 92 Year Old Doctor Who Rides The Train To Work To Treat Patients and People Suffering With Addiction

A lot has been said over the years regarding the value that is placed on elderly people. Somewhere over the last few decades within western society, the social standing of older people has been relegated from valued and knowledgeable leaders of our households and community to the silent people in the background who must be worked around in order to maintain our modern day lifestyles. Lifestyle in 2019 is more fast-paced than ever, and the mindset of people is far...
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Cherie Hugo Mar 26, 2019

Residents 11 times more likely to develop a pressure injury if malnourished

The first area of focus when a Pressure Injury develops should ALWAYS be nutrition. You see, a resident with a Pressure Injury (PI) is generally a malnourished resident. And when defining malnutrition, it does not merely come down to a resident’s current weight. Residents who are considered obese can still most certainly be malnourished. In fact, a recent hospital-based study found that obese malnourished patients were 11 TIMES more likely to develop a PI! The patients in the study were...
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I’m so glad you made it to HelloCare our digital magazine. We bring you the very best information around the world from Aged Care industry experts and providing a voice for the elderly community. We publish topics that we believe our audience want to read such as tips to staying healthy, support for caregivers & professionals, dementia and overall wellbeing. If you want to see more of something then please email me, as I’m here to make HelloCare exactly what you want to read about. lauren_sign
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Cassie Zlonzak Apr 24, 2019

Daughters remember their hero fathers

Two inspiring older women whose fathers served in WWI and WWII have spent years dedicating their lives to ensure their loved ones’ legacies are remembered. As Anzac Day approaches, VMCH Berwick aged care resident Betty Whiteside proudly displays a book she spent three years compiling. It includes more than 200 letters her father, Thomas Clair Whiteside, wrote home to his family during WWI. Betty, 95, began painstakingly re-writing her father’s letters after he passed away and set about gaining community...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 24, 2019

99 year old War Veteran reflects ahead of Anzac Day: “I joined up as a boy and came back a man”.

99 year old War Veteran and aged care resident "Gunner" (Wolfe), reflects on his life of service, "It was kill or be killed" and shares his gratitude from life experiences "I joined up as a boy and came back a man. I'm very proud of what I achieved". #Anzacday #LestWeForget...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 23, 2019

Top 10 Global Megatrends in Ageing 2019

After a close to a decade worth of innovation and collaboration in the ageing space, Singapore has the honour of hosting the 2019 Ageing Asia’s Innovation Forum, 10 years after the event initially captivated the hearts and minds of those with a passion for improving the lives of elderly people. This year, event organisers will mark the 10th anniversary of Ageing Asia by featuring the top 10 megatrends by global ageing experts. Selection criteria for each of these models looked...
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Caroline Egan Apr 24, 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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Jakob Neeland Apr 17, 2019

Study Shows One Type Of Dementia Can Be Linked To Criminal Behaviour

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) can be challenging to identify and is often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer's disease. In fact, just like many neurodegenerative disorders, conclusive diagnosis can only truly be made during an autopsy. While the majority of people living with dementia are over the age of 65, frontotemporal dementia tends to occur between the ages of 40 and 45, and the disorders that stem from this condition have a distinct effect on an individuals behaviour, personality...
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Caroline Egan Apr 11, 2019

Door images of younger selves bring tears of happiness

A small, not-for-profit aged care provider in Toukley, New South Wales, has found an innovative way to bring joy and meaning to residents’ lives that has been so successful it’s even attracting the general public to come in and take a look! The Viet Vets Keith Payne VC aged care facility spoke to HelloCare about how they came up with the imaginative idea that is not only beautiful to look at, but also obviously filled with meaning for residents, staff...
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Caroline Egan Apr 5, 2019

People living with dementia need music and dance, minister says

  People living with dementia should be given music or dance therapy, the UK Health Secretary has said. At a reception hosted by the Prince of Wales at Clarence House, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “Dementia can devastate the lives of people affected by it and, although there is not yet a cure, I believe we can do more to improve the lives of people with the condition.” “In particular, I want to combat over-medicalisation and dishing out pills...
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Caroline Egan Apr 24, 2019

Older Australians should be perceived as a source of wisdom: Sydney University’s Dean’s Forum

The University of Sydney’s 2019 Dean’s  Future Health Forum, titled ‘Dare to disrupt: Solving wicked problems’ held on 10 April 2019, focussed on ways to improve health and health care delivery using allied health services in Australia. Professor Kathryn Refshauge opened the seventh forum, which was held in the ornate MacLaurin Hall in the university’s famous quadrangle, saying she hoped to find “provocative and magical” solutions to some of Australia’s intractable health sector problems. Australian health system facing several problems...
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HelloCare Mail Apr 23, 2019

Aged Care Commission appoints Chief Clinical Advisor

The Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has appointed Dr Melanie Wroth as its first Chief Clinical Advisor. Commissioner Janet Anderson said Dr Wroth, who has an extensive background in geriatric medicine, will provide expert clinical advice to Commission staff and also assist aged care providers to source and access guidance on best practice clinical care for people receiving aged care services. “This appointment comes at an important time, as the Commission and the aged care sector move towards...
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Sarah Russell Apr 18, 2019

Open disclosure is needed in all aged care homes

How often does an incident in an aged care home escalate because management is afraid of litigation? When a mistake occurs in a public health service, the person who has been affected and/or their legal representative must be informed about the ‘adverse event’. This is known as ‘open disclosure’. Open disclosure is defined as “the open communication that takes place between health practitioners and patients after an adverse event”.  An open disclosure process includes: An apology or expression of regret; a...
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