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Donna Kennett
Donna Kennett Sep 17, 2020

COVID-19 second wave hits facility after PPE protocols relaxed

A Victorian aged care facility is battling a second wave of coronavirus infections just days after it began to ease strict PPE requirements. Estia Health Keilor, located in Melbourne’s north-west, experienced an initial wave of coronavirus infections in early August. At that time two residents and two staff were infected. Infected residents were immediately transferred to hospital and staff members told to isolate. By 21 August, no additional residents or staff had tested positive and the facility was considered free...
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Donna Kennett

Donna Kennett

Donna Kennett is Managing Editor of HelloCare. A self confessed news junkie, she enjoys hiking in the outdoors and can frequently be found in the kitchen cooking delicious meals for her family and friends.

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Donna Kennett
Donna Kennett Sep 14, 2020

Isolation presents another coronavirus concern

My mother-in-law lives alone, a one-hour drive from our home but far outside the 5km zone of travel allowed here in Victoria. As she does not normally live with us, or require specific care, we haven’t seen her for months. Her health is not so great right now and I can’t help but think this is directly related to her isolation.  She is not alone in feeling isolated. Like many older people ageing in place, she has been entirely...
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Donna Kennett
Donna Kennett Sep 10, 2020

Video: The importance of nutrition for seniors

Jelica Vrkic, dietician for SPC sat down with HelloCare managing editor Donna Kennett to talk (via Zoom) about how important quality nutrition is for older people and shared some simple ideas on how to make sure nutritional levels are being met. For more information visit the SPC Provital website please visit  or to order visit Atlas McNeil...
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Donna Kennett Sep 8, 2020

When a private phone is a privilege

Imagine life without a private phone. Having to make personal phone calls to family and friends, your bank or to report abuse or ill treatment, all in a public space on a public phone.  Imagine having to rely on that public phone during coronavirus lockdowns as the only way to connect with outside family and friends. That is how it is for many of those living in aged care in Australia.  A recent campaign, initiated by Advocacy Tasmania...
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