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Worker pressure mounts as SA government bans working at two facilities

Aged care workers in South Australia are not allowed to work at two facilities within 14 days of each other, in pursuit of reducing the potential spread of the coronavirus. United Workers Union aged care director Carolyn Smith says this will significantly hurt the industry. “We are seeing members who face huge financial and emotional penalties from this decision,” Smith says. “If a household is losing $1000 a week, you know that means money for essentials will be hit...
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Caterina Hrysomallis

Caterina Hrysomallis

Caterina Hrysomallis is a digital media native – a journalist, editor and copywriter with a passion for food, travel, health, business and technology.

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In limbo: rethinking living arrangements as COVID-19 defers care facility moves

As the aged care sector continues to grapple with the coronavirus, an increasing number of older people are finding themselves caught in a tough spot – requiring care but hesitant to move into an aged care facility. It was anticipated that aged care occupancy in Australia would significantly drop due to the impacts of the coronavirus. Between April and June this year, Australia has seen the greatest three-month occupancy decrease in decades – dropping by 1.7 per cent. Analysts...
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Begging for help: an aged care worker’s letter reveals the horrific realities of an aged care facility battling coronavirus

HelloCare has attained a de-identified letter from an aged care worker sent to Leading Age Services Australia desperately asking for more registered nurses and personal care assistants on board. The home they work at was down to only one personal care assistant at one point. The letter states: ‘The timeline begins, Tuesday 4th August 2020 … I had just arrived home from work when I received a call from the home stating that a resident, who had been sent to...
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Free counselling now available for Victorian aged care workers

The federal government has announced that aged care workers can now access free counselling services from Converge International. Converge International will deliver up to five free counselling sessions per person. Services include employee and manager support, career guidance, financial counselling and family support. These services are available for a three month period to 10 November 2020. Phone 1800 697 327 (free call) or visit www.convergeinternational.com.au to book an appointment. Make sure you state that you are from the "VIC Residential Aged Care Workforce" when booking. Further...
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