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Jakob Neeland Nov 15, 2018

Elderly Men Kill Themselves More Than Anyone, And Nobody Seems To Care

Men are not exactly renowned for sharing their feelings or opening up emotionally. Decades worth of macho infused stigmatism and unfair social expectations have seen generations of male Australians forgo the opportunity to talk about problems, and opt for silence instead. While notions like this might seem outdated in this day and age, sadly they are still far to prominent, and even though attitudes are changing, nowhere is this problem more prevalent than in elderly males. Believe it or not...
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Jakob Neeland

Jakob Neeland

HelloCare - Creative Director

Somewhere throughout my formative years, my absolutely abysmal lack of mathematical talent began to compensate for itself in the form of a storytelling skill set. My passion for creative writing is showcased throughout a career that has seen me create copy for everything, from the intricate minutia of long winded technical documents, through to the sing-song cadence and poetry of a well crafted song, aimed at pre school children. My unorthodox career path has allowed me to connect with people from numerous walks of life, which has enhanced my ability to find the appropriate tones within my writing to resonate with a specified audience. I spent my formative years growing up alongside my grandmother and witnessed firsthand, the effects of an overwhelmed aged care system and the systematic lack of empathy afforded to elderly Australians. I hope to be a voice for those who go unheard, and shine some light on the most overqualified, yet undervalued people in our country. I do this for me, and I do this for her.

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Jakob Neeland Nov 14, 2018

Resident Death: Should All Family Members be Notified?

The death of a family member can be one of the most significant and difficult moments of a person’s life. Unfortunately, the finality of death assures that there will be no second chances regarding your opportunity to pay your respects, or do what you feel is necessary to honour a person’s passing. Aged care facilities on the other-hand actually have a working relationship with death, and while the death of a resident is obviously significant, people dying can often be...
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Jakob Neeland Nov 12, 2018

Wheelchair-Bound Man Catches Fire And Dies In Aged Care Smoking Area

The government’s Aged Care Complaints Commissioner is investigating the death of a wheelchair-bound man after he was left unattended and caught fire at a nursing home in NSW. 56 year old Kenneth Andrews Seach was found in the smoking area of an aged-care home in Tuncurry, NSW Mid North Coast on August 26, and suffered burns to 60 percent of his body. He was then airlifted to Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner west, where he died the following day. In...
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Jakob Neeland Nov 9, 2018

Should Aged Care Facilities be Forced to Publish Their Sanctions ?

For most Australians, the task of selecting a residential aged care facility for a loved one is made when a family member realises that things are edging closely towards crisis. The thought of discussing the mortality or deterioration of a family member is obviously uncomfortable, but this lack of communication often leads to an overly optimistic viewpoint of a loved one’s state of health, and a lack of preparation when aged care housing decisions become a necessity. There are very...
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