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  • Daughters remember their hero fathers
    by Cassie Zlonzak on April 24, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Two inspiring older women whose fathers served in WWI and WWII have spent years dedicating their lives to ensure their loved ones’ legacies are remembered. As Anzac Day approaches, VMCH Berwick aged care resident Betty Whiteside proudly displays a book she spent three years compiling. It includes more than 200 letters her father, Thomas Clair Whiteside, wrote home to his family during WWI. Betty, 95, began painstakingly re-writing her father’s letters after he passed away and set about gaining community support to have the book published. Her dream was realised in 1999 after three years’ work. Betty is thrilled her father’s story won’t be forgotten. Clair, as he was known, served from 1915 to 1919 across Egypt, France and Great Britain. He was among 1346 Australians wounded in Fromelles on July 19, 1916. “He suffered a severe head wound that left part of his brain […]

  • 99 year old War Veteran reflects ahead of Anzac Day: “I joined up as a boy and came back a man”.
    by HelloCare Mail on April 24, 2019 at 9:48 am

    99 year old War Veteran and aged care resident "Gunner" (Wolfe), reflects on his life of service, "It was kill or be killed" and shares his gratitude from life experiences "I joined up as a boy and came back a man. I'm very proud of what I achieved". #Anzacday #LestWeForget The post 99 year old War Veteran reflects ahead of Anzac Day: “I joined up as a boy and came back a man”. appeared first on HelloCare. […]

  • Older Australians should be perceived as a source of wisdom: Sydney University’s...
    by Caroline Egan on April 24, 2019 at 9:06 am

    The University of Sydney’s 2019 Dean’s  Future Health Forum, titled ‘Dare to disrupt: Solving wicked problems’ held on 10 April 2019, focussed on ways to improve health and health care delivery using allied health services in Australia. Professor Kathryn Refshauge opened the seventh forum, which was held in the ornate MacLaurin Hall in the university’s famous quadrangle, saying she hoped to find “provocative and magicalâ€� solutions to some of Australia’s intractable health sector problems. Australian health system facing several problems “We have one of the best health systems in the world. We have amongst the best clinicians, the best researchers, and the best educators. But... we know this is true predominantly for healthy white males in the central metro areas. We know that the further you deviate […]

  • Top 10 Global Megatrends in Ageing 2019
    by HelloCare Mail on April 23, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    After a close to a decade worth of innovation and collaboration in the ageing space, Singapore has the honour of hosting the 2019 Ageing Asia’s Innovation Forum, 10 years after the event initially captivated the hearts and minds of those with a passion for improving the lives of elderly people. This year, event organisers will mark the 10th anniversary of Ageing Asia by featuring the top 10 megatrends by global ageing experts. Selection criteria for each of these models looked at the impact on the quality of life for older adults and the successful implementation of each of these models. The overall theme of the event is “Changing the future of ageing in the Asian Pacificâ€�, and it is hoped that this years forum will have the ability to highlight the innovative models and tech products that enable independent ageing, and inspire those in both business and government organisations to collaborate to ensure a better future for […]

  • Aged Care Commission appoints Chief Clinical Advisor
    by HelloCare Mail on April 23, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    The Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has appointed Dr Melanie Wroth as its first Chief Clinical Advisor. Commissioner Janet Anderson said Dr Wroth, who has an extensive background in geriatric medicine, will provide expert clinical advice to Commission staff and also assist aged care providers to source and access guidance on best practice clinical care for people receiving aged care services. “This appointment comes at an important time, as the Commission and the aged care sector move towards the introduction of new Quality Standards and a new Charter of Aged Care Rights from 1 July,â€� she said. Within the Commission, Dr Wroth’s work will include supporting staff by making available evidence-informed clinical advice about quality and safety in aged care, and providing advice on concerns raised by care recipients or others in relation to a particular service provider. “Dr Wroth will also work […]

  • Open disclosure is needed in all aged care homes
    by Sarah Russell on April 18, 2019 at 5:01 am

    How often does an incident in an aged care home escalate because management is afraid of litigation? When a mistake occurs in a public health service, the person who has been affected and/or their legal representative must be informed about the ‘adverse event’. This is known as ‘open disclosure’. Open disclosure is defined as “the open communication that takes place between health practitioners and patients after an adverse eventâ€�.  An open disclosure process includes: An apology or expression of regret; a factual explanation of what occurred; an opportunity for the affected patient to relate their experience; and the steps taken to manage the event and prevent its recurrence. Legislation mandates open disclosure in all public health services in Australia, though each state has different legislative requirements. In Victoria, for […]

  • Staying independent as we age, with a little help
    by Karen Smith on April 18, 2019 at 4:31 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz3_VBYu2o4 As we age, there may come a time when we have to accept we need a little more help. We know most senior Australians wish to remain living in their own home independently and, as such, accepting support can give them the confidence to ensure this happens.    A survey by The Productivity Commission in 2015 found that 83 per cent of Australians over the age of 60 would strongly prefer to age in place, in other words, they would prefer to remain living at home rather than move into residential aged care. Personal alarms can provide the level of support you need Keeping socially connected with your community can have huge benefits for older people in keeping them independent. Whether it be visiting the local park, exercising at a yoga class, or simply walking down the street to your local cafe, these types of outings can help older people remain socially connected and physically fit. It can also help older people from […]

  • “Bullying is rife in aged careâ€�
    by HelloCare Mail on April 18, 2019 at 1:08 am

      By Maria Berry Our family was privileged to attend the premiere launch of ‘The Target’, a movie by Giovanna Mercuri about bullying. The movie is based on true stories of bullying and the serious long term impacts on those who are victims. This movie made me reflect on bullying within the aged care sector. As someone who has worked for 30 years with older people both professionally and in community roles, I can confirm that bullying is rife within the aged care industry. I have experienced bullying among staff in some aged care organisations. This type of bullying has such a negative impact on staff morale. I have also witnessed older people being disrespected, not valued and bullied into decisions and choices that are not necessarily their own. A more recent form of bullying has occurred by those who have given themselves the title ‘aged care advocates’. These people advocate against elder abuse […]

  • “Soft” skills – really?
    by Ilsa Hampton on April 17, 2019 at 11:55 am

    You may have seen the testimony of Raelene Ellis at the Royal Commission in to Aged Care Quality and Safety. Raelene's mother has experienced the aged care system from one end to the other, with Raelene as her main support. At one point, Raelene spoke about the struggle to accept that her mother needed residential care. Through tears she described her head being ready but that her heart was not. Our emotions, and even deeper, our sense of self, our identity, does not move at the same pace as rational thought. That deep part of ourselves needs a good process, often with a good companion and a meaningful ritual, to help us move through the challenges of formation and re-formation that are part of being human. The delicate work of offering someone the right kind of companionship and the right kind of process at the right time as they seek to move through life's challenges and other big moments have been called by some "soft skills". We name them good spiritual care. Calling these vital […]

  • Study Shows One Type Of Dementia Can Be Linked To Criminal Behaviour
    by Jakob Neeland on April 17, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) can be challenging to identify and is often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer's disease. In fact, just like many neurodegenerative disorders, conclusive diagnosis can only truly be made during an autopsy. While the majority of people living with dementia are over the age of 65, frontotemporal dementia tends to occur between the ages of 40 and 45, and the disorders that stem from this condition have a distinct effect on an individuals behaviour, personality, and language. A recent study out of Sweden has shown that people living with Frontotemporal dementia have a significantly elevated risk of committing criminal or socially inappropriate behaviour, and HelloCare sat down with Dr. Madeleine Liljegren from Sweden’s Lund University to find out more about why this is happening and whether or not anything positive can come out of these findings. “People with FTD suffer from damage to the frontal and […]

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