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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 19, 2019

“$50,000 should not translate to just nine hours of care,” Royal Commission hears

Home care was under the Royal Commission's spotlight on Monday, as the second set of hearings began. Raelene Ellis, a lawyer from Caloundra, Queensland, told the commission about her experience caring for her mother, Therese Ellis, who is living with dementia. Her mother was assessed as needing a level 3-4 package, and eventually did receive the level 4 package. “I was over the moon," she said when the package came through. "It was like this sense of relief that finally...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

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Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She has worked across several sectors, including banking, finance, economics, real estate, and aged care. She was Managing Editor at Macquarie Bank for several years, and also spent a number of years presenting financial market news on television and radio for CommSec. Caroline loves playing Scrabble, going to the movies with her funny children, and walking in nature.

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 18, 2019

How do funeral homes care for the body when someone dies?

What happens to the body of the deceased after they pass is a topic that is not often spoken about in our society. David Stevens, Manager of Operations with Tobin Brothers Funerals, said the topic is often shrouded in ‘urban myth’. But I was inspired to look into this subject because of something that happened to me when my father died. The day he died, I took my son to daycare before returning to see my father to say a...
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Caroline Egan Mar 15, 2019

Should there always be a nurse on duty and present in nursing homes?

  When an older person moves into aged care, they are usually doing so because they need around-the-clock care they can't receive at home. But the move can be traumatic. The person must leave their home and community, and adjust to new people and surroundings. They also have to accept they have lost a degree of their autonomy and independence. The comfort to older people of making this life-altering move is that they will be expertly and knowledgeably cared for. But...
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Caroline Egan Mar 14, 2019

Where are the government’s changes to the regulation of physical and chemical restraints?

  Back in January, the aged care minister said changes to the regulation of chemical and physical restraints in aged care were only weeks away. That was nearly two months ago. “Incidents of over use of physical and chemical restraint will not be tolerated and draft changes to regulations are expected to be released within weeks,” Aged Minister Ken Wyatt AM MP, said on 17 January 2019. Government still working on better regulations The government still hasn’t released draft...
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