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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 16, 2018

Second Newcastle nursing home sanctioned following unannounced government audit

A second nursing home in Newcastle has received sanctions from the Department of Health, after it was deemed to pose “an immediate and severe risk to the health, safety and wellbeing" of residents. The sanctions were imposed following an unannounced audit of the facility, in which the nursing home met only 17 of 44 expected outcomes. The audit found, among other things, that “There are not appropriately skilled and qualified staff sufficient to ensure care recipients’ care needs are met in...
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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 Jul 13, 2018

Home Care costs unclear, Aged Care Minister reminds operators of their obligations

The minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has written to home care providers to remind them of their responsibilities under new systems that require them to provide information about their prices. They will also be required to add a link to their pricing schedules on the portal’s Home Care Package Service Finder. A common complaint from people looking for home care is that it’s difficult to compare different providers, especially in terms of price and quality. Many operators do not clearly...
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Caroline Egan Jul 11, 2018

‘Boutique’ visas help aged care operator find bilingual staff

A Melbourne aged care operator has a ‘special agreement’ with the Federal Government for ‘boutique visas’ that has enabled it to recruit 22 aged care workers from Greece, after it wasn’t able to find enough Greek-speaking carers from within Australia. Under the agreement, Fronditha Care is allowed to nominate Greek speaking people for visas to work as carers. To date, it has been granted 60 of the special visas by the government. ‘Special agreements’ with businesses or industries are offered...
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Caroline Egan Jul 10, 2018

Why do people with dementia get pneumonia?

It is extremely worrying when someone with dementia develops pneumonia. Pneumonia is more common among elderly people and affects those with weakened immune systems, such as those who are living with dementia. A study of people living with dementia showed that as many as 40 per cent developed pneumonia over the 18-month study period. The two types of pneumonia: viral and bacterial There are two different types of pneumonia. Viral pneumonia is more common during the colder months, and can...
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