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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jul 22, 2019

Should Residents Be Able To Lock Their Doors In An Aged Care Home?

In a recent interview with HelloCare, Janet Anderson, the head of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, spoke candidly about how recent changes that were made to the residential aged care quality standards provided a shift in focus, and would now place more importance on a residents preferences regarding their own care.  While this has been welcome news for the majority of Australians, there can be no doubt that this will add further complication to an environment that...
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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
Jakob Neeland Jul 17, 2019

Young People With Disabilities Should Not Be Living In Aged Care Homes

Sitting in attendance at a Royal Commission Community Forum can be an extremely confronting experience, but amongst all the heartbreaking personal accounts of abuse and neglect of elderly people, the one story that affected me the most didn’t actually involve an elderly person at all.  A young mother in a wheelchair who had been severely disabled in an accident was assisted to the microphone by a personal carer who then proceeded to read out a letter that detailed the...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jul 16, 2019

From Alive And Well, To Dead In Three Months

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety touched down in Cairns on Monday providing those in Far North Queensland with the chance to share their stories and offer possible solutions to a number of the issues currently being faced in the Australian aged care sector.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of Aged Care Royal Commission hearings have been littered with harrowing personal stories of elderly neglect, and yesterday proved to be no different as Johanna Aalberts-Henderson, a nurse...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Jul 15, 2019

Everyday Australians And Their Four-Legged Friends Make The Best Volunteers

While there is certainly no shortage of weird and wonderful pets these days, there is a reason that dogs have earned the nickname ‘man’s best friend.’ Dogs can provide a sense of both joy and companionship to older people who are lonely, and it has been proven that interacting with animals, in general, can also have a profound impact on the lives of elderly people who are living with dementia. Over the last few years there has been a...
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