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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Nov 12, 2018

Should aged care residents be allowed to eat whenever they want?

  All too often, aged care residents have to conform to eating within narrow time frames, and little opportunity is given for residents to eat when they choose. But some in the industry say residents should be able to eat whenever they’re hungry. “You’ve got to maximise their opportunity to eat when their appetite is best,” said Cherie Hugo, nutritionist and founder of The Lantern Project. Ms Hugo said The Mater hospital recently did a study which showed that...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She has worked 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 loves playing Scrabble, going to the movies with her funny children, and walking in nature.

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Oct 22, 2018

Nursing home where sexual assaults took place now sanctioned

A nursing home in Woodend, Victoria, where a resident sexually assaulted a frail woman in her 80s, has now been sanctioned by the Department of Health. The facility has been sanctioned following an audit by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, with the Department of Health deeming the facility to pose “an immediate and severe risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of care recipients”. “Serious concerns” were raised in the audit about Bupa Woodend’s staffing, health and personal care...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Oct 22, 2018

Consumers in the dark over failed audit

An aged care facility in Lindisfarne, Tasmania, failed an Australian Aged Care Quality Agency audit, according to ABC media reports, but the results of the audit remain unpublished, meaning consumers remain in the dark. The ABC reported that Queen Victoria Home, Hobart, failed seven of the 44 quality standards - including in matters associated with staffing, behaviour management, home environment, catering, cleaning, and health and safety. The ABC reported that it has seen the audit report, and that it says...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Oct 9, 2018

Resident-on-Resident Abuse: “Someone Tried to Kill Me Last Night”

One of our readers has shared her story of the resident-on-resident abuse her mother fell victim to while in temporary care. She is calling for cameras to be introduced in all aged care facilities. Susan Cosgrove’s mother, Mary*, who has dementia, went into temporary care recently after she suffered a small bleed on her brain. But rather than receiving the care and support she needed, Mary, who was still recovering, was violently attacked at the residence on two different occasions...
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