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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Feb 19, 2019

Sweden’s community-based aged care philosophies take hold world-wide

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8al3s_96J5Y When Gustav Standell first visited Japan from his native Sweden in 1997, he found nursing homes hidden away in the countryside looking more like hospitals than homes. “There was no privacy and it was impossible to live anything resembling a normal daily life,” he told HelloCare. But Mr Standell knew that the situation had been the same in Sweden up until the 1970s, and the Swedish system had been able to change. Japan’s system...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

Editor HelloCare

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 Feb 18, 2019

The pub where men living with dementia can meet for a pint

Men who used to enjoy a drink with friends after work every evening, are still able to enjoy a drink at night, even though they are living in a hospital dementia ward. Derwen Ward, part of Cefn Coed Hospital in Wales, opened the Derwen Arms last year, a pub that in many ways is just like any other pub. It serves beer, and has a pool table, and a dart board. The Derwen Arms has been set up to look...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Feb 15, 2019

Two-hourly repositioning disrupts sleep, doesn’t prevent pressure ulcers

There has been a challenge to the conventional belief, held for decades, that those assessed as being at risk of developing pressure sores must be repositioned every two hours. A paper released last week said two-hourly repositioning is a form of “abuse”, because it interrupts the person’s sleep, causing them to be constantly tired, and possibly contributing to them acting out their feelings of frustration. Two-hourly repositioning also doesn’t prevent pressure sores from developing, the paper said. HelloCare published an...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Feb 15, 2019

Underpaid staff, malnutrition, neglect: This week at the Aged Care Royal Commission

Warning: Graphic content. Key points to emerge this week at the Aged Care Royal Commission: Aged care staff unpaid by 15 per cent. Australia’s population is ageing, and the number of people living with dementia is rising. Reported cases of abuse in aged care facility are “tip of the iceberg”. People dying while waiting for home care packages to be released. High rates of malnutrition in aged care. Psychotropic medications often used as “first resort”. The Royal Commission heard how...
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