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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 18, 2018

Coroner finds aged care staff grossly mismanaged fatal attack

  A 92-year-old South Australian woman who sustained a savage attack by another resident in the aged care home where she lived, was “unable to escape” and her carers exercised a “gross dereliction of proper management”, the Coroner has found. The South Australian Coroner Mark Johns handed down his findings into the 2012 death of Dorothy Mavis Baum in an Adelaide nursing home. Ms Baum, who was 92 at the time, was beaten with a plastic chain by another resident...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for a surprisingly large number of years. She has managed to work across several sectors, including banking, finance, economics, real estate, and aged care. She was Managing Editor at Macquarie Bank for several years, and also spent a number of years presenting financial market news on television and radio for CommSec. Caroline openly admits to being a grammar pedant, and loves playing Scrabble, going to the movies with her funny children, and walking in nature.

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 18, 2018

Aged care providers say compulsory reporting of abuse will create too much paperwork

  Aged care providers say that compulsory reporting of all ‘serious incidents’  in aged care homes will create too much paperwork, and should not be introduced. Aged care provider Anglicare told the federal parliamentary inquiry into aged care that when caring for senior citizens, society must ‘tolerate some faiture’, The Courier Mail has reported. Anglicare said introducing compulsory reporting of all deaths, falls, and assaults may encourage aged care providers to use excessive force, such as tying residents down, to...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 16, 2018

Do people really die of old age?

  What we usually mean when we say that someone has ‘died of old age’ is that they have died as the result of a combination of factors that might not be immediately obvious. As we age, the chance that we will suffer from a range of medical conditions increases. Our immune system becomes weaker, and our cells don’t work so well. Because cells are weaker, they are less able to cope with disorders or disease. Conditions such as heart...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 16, 2018

Dementia: Negative labelling is undesirable and harmful

Those who are caring for people living with dementia must try to see the world through through their eyes, says Leah Bisiani, managing director of Uplifting Dementia, who spoke at the National Dementia Conference on Tuesday. Dementia is complex. Every person with dementia experiences it differently. But because of the complexity, people often respond with fear and resort to stereotypes. But by getting to know the person, and finding out everything you can about them, you will be better placed...
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