This story was told to HelloCare by an aged care worker who recently left the industry. For all the news we read about aged care, we don’t often hear the voices of those working ‘on the floor’ in aged care homes. The speaker’s comments do not necessarily reflect the views of HelloCare, but they deserve to be heard.
I was totally burnt out. I hit 60 and for three months I couldn’t do a thing. I was just so...
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Recommendations to the Royal Commission to adopt minimum staffing levels in residential aged care would be “transformative” for aged care workers and residents, United Workers Union aged care director Carolyn Smith said today.
“But there is a need for many of these recommendations to be accelerated. The disaster in aged care is happening right here, right now,” Ms Smith said.
“Right now, we are dealing with workers who face shifts where they are left to care for 18 residents...
Only around one-quarter of the people living in a residential aged care facility or receiving a home care package feel that their care needs are always met, according to new surveys by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). The share of people with care needs at least ‘mostly’ met is 39.0% in residential care and 32.5% in home care. Care needs are met only ‘sometimes’, ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ for 33.4% of people in residential care and 44...
Everyone knows that suffering a loss is unpleasant. However, did you know that grief can actually affect your physical health? Here are 5 ways that grief affects your body.
Increased risk of heart attacks.
In the immediate 24 hours after losing a loved one, someone's risk of having a heart attack is increased by more than 20 times. Although this risk declines after the first day, it remains elevated for some time: your risk of a heart attack is 6...