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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 13, 2020

What to do if there’s a case of coronavirus in your nursing home

Aged care facilities have featured heavily in Australia’s response to the coronavirus as older people are particularly vulnerable if they contract the illness. One aged care facility in northern Sydney recorded a cluster of Australia’s first coronavirus cases, and tragically, two of Australia’s three deaths occurred at the home. Contagious diseases, like coronavirus, can quickly spread through aged care facilities if they are not carefully managed, and facilities should always have strong infection control procedures in place. First steps after...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

Editor HelloCare

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

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 12, 2020

Embedded pharmacist best practice for medicine safety, says peak body

A pharmacists’ peak body has described Goodwin’s residential care pharmacist role a best-practice example, as aged care consumers share feedback on its first year in action. Aged care consumers shared positive experiences of Australia’s first embedded residential care pharmacist at the launch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s annual Medicine Safety: Aged Care report.  Medicine Safety: Aged Care calls for medicine safety to be a national priority, and for investment towards pharmacists becoming fixtures in collaborative health care teams...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 11, 2020

Government’s coronavirus support package for aged care

  The federal government has announced a $2.4 billion support package to help health services, including aged care facilities, navigate Australia’s response to the coronavirus. “It’s a health crisis,” prime minister Scott Morrison said. “Australia isn’t immune, but with this $2.4 billion boost we’re as well prepared as any country in the world.” Additional support for aged care Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy told the press conference, “We are worried about the elderly… but there is no reason...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 10, 2020

Irish dancing teacher shows age is just a number

  When Irish dancing teacher, Geraldine Ryan, was a child, her father told her ‘age is nothing, it’s just numbers’. Ms Ryan seems to have taken her father’s advice to heart. At 90 years of age she has the energy one usually associates with a much younger person, and she’s showing no sign of slowing down. Her weekly schedule is revealing. “I am very, very busy with classes throughout Victoria,” she told me.  “On Monday I have a...
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