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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Dec 18, 2018

Eighth Bupa nursing homes sanctioned

The Department of Health has placed sanctions on Bupa Griffith, bringing to eight the number of aged care facilities owned by the multinational health company that are now restricted in this way. The sanctions mean the aged care facility in regional New South Wales will not receive subsidies for new residents for six months, and must hire an adviser at its own expense to address the identified shortcomings. Training must also be provided for staff. The Department of Health deemed the...
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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 Dec 17, 2018

Government boosts aged care funding by $552m, but is it enough?

The Federal Government has used its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook to announce an extra half a billion dollars ($552.9 million) in funding for the aged care sector. “Older Australians have built our country and they deserve our respect and support for the choices they want to make,” the Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. Where the extra funding will go An extra $287 million will go towards creating another 10,000 high-level homecare packages, which will be available...
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Caroline Egan Dec 13, 2018

Calming someone living with dementia when they become agitated

It’s not uncommon for people who are living with dementia to become visibly upset, anxious and agitated when something is troubling them. There are many situations that may trigger someone with dementia to become upset and agitated, and it can be distressing for carers and loved ones to witness. People living with dementia may be experiencing feelings of profound loss because of their condition, and they may be feeling deeply frustrated by their loss of ability, changes in personality, or...
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Caroline Egan Dec 10, 2018

Nursing homes one step closer to publishing staff ratios

  A government committee has recommended that new laws be passed requiring residential aged care facilities to make their staffing levels publicly available. A standing committee led by Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman, handed its advisory report to the government on Friday, recommending that The Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018 be passed. The report recommended that aged care facilities publish staffing ratios, but said consumers should also be able to measure the acuity of care required for residents at the facility...
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