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Karen Smith
Karen Smith Mar 4, 2019

Healthcare workers put those they care for first, but they must also look after themselves

When pathology collector, Sarah, was attending to a patient one day, both were alarmed to suddenly hear aggressive and agitated behaviour outside the consultation room. Sarah was the only member of staff on site, so she knew it was up to her to deal with the matter alone. Both Sarah and the patient became increasingly anxious about what was going on outside the room as the consultation progressed. 95% of healthcare workers have experienced violence at work Sarah was right...
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Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Mepacs

Karen has over 20 years marketing experience across multiple brands and has been working for MePACS as the Sales and Marketing Manager for the last two years spreading the word of the good work the MePACS team do. MePACS is backed by an Australia Health Service and has over 39,000 customers. They have 28 years’ experience in saving lives and keeping older Australians safe whilst living independently in their own homes and giving their families peace of mind.

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Karen Smith
Karen Smith Jan 22, 2019

When is the best time to start wearing a personal alarm?

It’s not easy to let a loved one know you are concerned about their ability to continue living independently. There is the very real risk you will hurt their sense of pride, and perhaps make them confront issues about their life they would rather ignore. But it is better to bring the subject up early - if you delay and an adverse incident occurs, your loved one’s independence could be eroded even further. Encouraging a loved one to wear a...
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Karen Smith
Karen Smith Dec 11, 2018

“I’m the only person they talk to all day”: Who are the special people working in our personal response teams?

When a personal alarm is activated, it generally signals that someone is in need of help. The wearer of the alarm may have had a fall and need help getting back up, or they could be seriously injured, or they may have had a heart attack or stroke - in other words, they are experiencing a medical emergency that requires urgent attention from the response team once the personal alarm is activated. An elderly person may be frail and unwell...
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Karen Smith
Karen Smith Oct 15, 2018

Coping With the Guilt: Am I Doing Enough for my Elderly Parents?

Many of those caring for elderly parents experience profound feelings of guilt. Already leading busy lives of their own, often juggling career and children, many families struggle with the added responsibility of caring for an elderly loved one. The term ‘sandwich generation’ was coined in the early 1980s to describe carers, mainly women, who were caught between caring for children and looking after elderly parents. Today the pressure is often compounded because more women, and indeed men, are also juggling...
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