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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 22, 2019

Is it better to use bed rails or low beds with sensor mats?

  Bed rails are being used less often in aged care because there is tighter regulation of their use and a greater awareness of their risks. But the alternative practice - of placing residents in low beds with sensor mats beside them - has its own problems, according to an expert in the field. According to Professor Joseph Ibrahim, a specialist in geriatric medicine and aged care safety at Monash University, older residents can’t get up out of the low...
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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 19, 2019

Supermarket launches ‘chat checkout’ for lonely customers

  Loneliness is sometimes called the epidemic of our times. One in four Australians are lonely, according to a recent study by the Australian Psychological Society and Swinburne University of Technology.  Lonely Australians are known to have worse physical and mental health, and are more likely to be depressed, the study found. Loneliness is particularly common among older people, due to the fact they they often live alone and are more likely to have physical and cognitive impairments that...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 11, 2019

Maggots found in resident’s wound, royal commission hears

The royal commission heard the tragic case study of an elderly Italian migrant on Wednesday, and the failings at the aged care facility where she lived that contributed to her death. The woman was born in southern Italy, but came to Australia at the age of 23, where she married and worked as a seamstress. As she aged, she developed dementia, diabetes, arthritis and arrhythmia. She moved into a Melbourne aged care facility at the age of 93. Case study...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jul 10, 2019

Home care prices fall after reporting fees becomes compulsory on My Aged Care

  Home care providers have cut their prices following the government’s introduction of compulsory fee reporting on the My Aged Care website, saving the government up to $1 billion. The government made it compulsory to disclose home care fees only last week - on 1 July 2019 - and already it is becoming clear that prices are falling. Perth-based independent retirement planner, Peter Tyndall, told HelloCare, “What it says to me was forcing them (home care providers) to publish, made...
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