HelloCare Aged Care News, Health & Dementia

  • Aged Care Employees Day a chance send local nursing home staff your best wishes
    by HelloCare Mail on August 6, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Every day at work in our aged care home you can see the anxious faces of our staff. This is not a recent phenomenon but has been the accumulation of stresses over the past few years. Our home is not the only one to experience this. It is sector wide and it needs to be fixed. The impact of this negativity on staff is impacting on their ability to feel good about themselves and that what they do is worthwhile. This has effects on morale, leading to increases in sick leave and feelings of lack of self-worth which has an impact on mental health.  The ultimate flow-on effect is that it then has an impact on their role and those that they support. Our staff are the front line workers in one of the most pressurised areas of work at this moment; these are the aged care workers – the personal care attendants (PCA’s), laundry staff, food services staff, maintenance staff, administration staff, leisure and lifestyle staff and registered nurses […]

  • When will the Victorian coronavirus numbers go down?
    by Rianna Manuel on August 6, 2020 at 5:34 am

    Yesterday Victoria recorded another 725 new coronavirus cases, and its highest daily increase of active cases for the ninth time since the beginning of July. With the constant news of record breaking case increases, the question remains - when can we expect to see Victoria’s coronavirus cases finally start to decline? Contract tracing: known vs unknown outbreaks One of the first things to note when looking at the daily numbers is the contact tracing information. Wednesday’s record breaking increase was made up of a mix of known and unknown outbreaks. Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng noted that of the 725 new cases reported, 164 were confirmed to have come from known outbreaks, such as in aged care centres and workplaces. In areas of cluster (or known) outbreaks, authorities are able to better contain the outbreak and stay informed of where, when and why someone may present with coronavirus symptoms. This is known as contract tracing. […]

  • Aged care in Melbourne during Stage-4 lockdowns: a Q&A of dos and don’ts
    by Caroline Egan on August 6, 2020 at 5:16 am

      At HelloCare, many of our readers are aged care workers. We receive numerous comments on our social media posts and articles about working in aged care, and we also often receive questions, particularly lately, as the guidelines for aged care adjust in the shifting sands of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, we have provided guidance on some of the questions put to us recently; we hope to provide some clarity in the current highly complex and constantly evolving environment.  These questions have come from our Melbourne readers.  Q: Are carers allowed to continue visiting their home care clients?  A: The Victorian government considers home care services to be essential in protecting the most vulnerable members of the community during the pandemic.  Home care services that provide “essentialâ€� care and support should continue to be provided, but at the same time, where possible, […]

  • These dogs are trained to sniff out the coronavirus. Most have a 100% success rate
    by HelloCare Mail on August 6, 2020 at 3:14 am

    What does a pandemic smell like? If dogs could talk, they might be able to tell us. We’re part of an international research team, led by Dominique Grandjean at France’s National Veterinary School of Alfort, that has been training detector dogs to sniff out traces of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) since March. These detector dogs are trained using sweat samples from people infected with COVID-19. When introduced to a line of sweat samples, most dogs can detect a positive one from a line of negative ones with 100% accuracy. Across the globe, coronavirus detector dogs are being trained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Belgium. In the UAE, detector dogs – stationed at various airports – have already started helping efforts to control COVID-19’s spread. This is something we hope will soon be available […]

  • Tested positive for COVID-19? Here’s what happens next – and why day 5 is crucial
    by HelloCare Mail on August 5, 2020 at 7:37 am

    With cases of COVID-19 on the rise, many Australians are asking: what happens if I test positive? With no known cure and no vaccine, what are my treatment options? Finding trusted answers amid the widespread coverage of questionable claims and dubious data on unproven treatments is not easy. The good news is there are clear guidelines and growing evidence on treatments that can have a dramatic effect on COVID-19. Here’s a snapshot of how this knowledge and guidance is likely to apply to you, if you have mild, moderate or severe COVID-19.   Testing positive and isolating at home If you test positive, you must self-isolate at home. Your local public health service will contact you with advice and information about how long you’ll need to do so. If you are like most people with COVID-19, you won’t need to go to a clinic or hospital, […]

  • Time to implement a coronavirus self-care strategy into your routine
    by Caterina Hrysomallis on August 5, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Aged care workers are running an indefinite marathon at the moment. A crisis with no end date in sight combined with associated pressures on aged care facilities – it can be easy to become overwhelmed. Now more than ever, it's important for aged care workers to take increased care of themselves to manage the mental health impacts of the pandemic and to ensure a high level of care is provided to older people. Phoenix Australia is an organisation specialising in trauma-related mental health and wellbeing. The organisation, which marks its 25th year in operation this year, has a number of resources available for those in the health and care industries to navigate personal challenges during the coronavirus.  We explore some of the organisation's advice and techniques for aged care workers seeking to create a self-care plan. Take the time to check in with yourself 'There is currently a great deal of uncertainty about the nature of the coronavirus, its spread, […]

  • Where’s my retention bonus? One in four aged care homes have failed to apply
    by Caroline Egan on August 5, 2020 at 3:49 am

      The government’s aged care ‘retention bonus’ has been plagued by controversy from the outset, and is widely seen to have been bungled by the government. The Minister for Aged Care, Richard Colbeck, announced the aged care worker retention bonus back in March: a $800 payment for residential aged care staff and $600 for home care workers. “We know we are asking a lot of this critical workforce as we face this unprecedented health emergency,â€� he said at the time. “Their work practices are changing – and today’s announcement is in recognition of this.â€� But there was immediate dissatisfaction that staff in residential aged care facilities received a higher rate than aged care workers, and also question marks over the exclusion of other aged care workers who provide essential services in nursing […]

  • Essential worker’s permits – who needs one?
    by Rianna Manuel on August 5, 2020 at 2:44 am

    Under the Victorian government’s new Permitted Worker Scheme, essential workers and on site staff will now be required to carry a worker’s permit from 11:59pm tonight. Premier Daniel Andrews has described the scheme as “old-fashioned common sense,â€� with the paper permit designed to streamline the process of police stops and checks for staff heading into work.  Since the Monday morning announcement of sweeping restrictions to Victorian industry, questions have been flying about who is and isn’t required to go to work. The basic information we’ve received says that all essential frontline workers are permitted to continue work onsite with COVIDSafe workplace plans in place. This includes police, medical and nursing staff. You can find the full list of Victorian industry restrictions on the Department of Human Health and Services website.  Victorian […]

  • There’s no case for keeping secret any aged care facility’s COVID details
    by HelloCare Mail on August 4, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Should the public know the details of all the Victorian aged care facilities that have had COVID-19 cases? “Yesâ€� seems the obvious answer. But not according to the Health department or Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck. At Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate committee monitoring the government’s responses to the pandemic, Greens senator Rachel Siewert sought this information, asking about providers, residents, cases and deaths. Health department secretary Brendan Murphy – formerly chief medical officer who in that role was often at Scott Morrison’s side at news conferences – asked to provide the information to the committee “in cameraâ€�. “Some of the facilities don’t want it publicly known that they have outbreaks,â€� Murphy said. “Many, many of […]

  • Handed down recipes provide a link to history
    by Caroline Egan on August 4, 2020 at 6:47 am

      The Monday Morning Cooking Club first began in 2006, when two friends came together to write a cookbook to raise funds for a local charity.  Right from the start, the duo knew they wanted to create something special. They set about making a book that could sit on any bookshelf, next to any cookbook in the world, that brought together recipes from Sydney's Jewish community, Lisa Goldberg told HelloCare when we caught up recently. “We wanted to collect the recipes that were part of our heritage. We wanted to include the recipes that nurtured us when we were growing up,â€� Ms Goldberg said. [caption id="attachment_18867" align="alignleft" width="300"] Lisa Goldberg and her daughter, Jessie, cooking cabbage rolls (image supplied).[/caption] Alongside the recipes, the couple wanted to share stories, so the book could be a “snapshotâ€� of their community at that time. “It […]

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