Earle Haven
Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Nov 14, 2019

Federal government will support Earle Haven review recommendations 

  The federal government has said it will support all 23 of the recommendations made in the report on the inquiry into events at Earle Haven. The inquiry was established by the federal government to investigate what happened on the night 69 residents, many of whom had dementia, were evacuated without warning and with nowhere to go. The inquiry was led by Kate Carnell AO, who co-authored the Carnell Paterson review of the aged care sector in 2016-2017. Financial considerations...
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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 Nov 11, 2019

Dealing with agitation and aggression in dementia

Agitation and aggression are common symptoms of dementia, and can be extremely challenging to manage, not only for the person experiencing the symptoms, but also for families and carers. But new research is shining a light on this complex field, and has revealed that non-pharmacological interventions, such as touch therapy, outdoor activities, and music, can be more effective in managing agitation and aggression than medication. Researchers say that up to 70 per cent of people living with dementia experience agitation...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Nov 8, 2019

Making the transition to aged care easier

  The transition to aged care is a difficult time, not only for the person who is going into care, but also for family, who are often burdened with feelings of guilt. With the aged care sector receiving unprecedented negative media attention during the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the move might seem particularly trying at the moment.  But this week I attended the opening of Opal Winston Hills, and was reminded that, despite the steady...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Nov 7, 2019

How to make care staff want to work for you

  As populations age around the world, the demand for aged care workers is intensifying, and the ability to attract and retain good staff is becoming increasingly important to providers of aged care services. Quality aged care services depend on the face-to-face care staff provide to residents. Aged care is about empathy, care, and compassion so much more than it is about technology and buildings, or systems and procedures. We often hear it said that it takes a special type of person to...
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