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  • 5 minutes with Pat Sparrow, ACSA and Catherine Walker, Bethanie Group
    by HelloCare Mail on December 7, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    5 minutes with Pat Sparrow, CEO ACSA and Catherine Walker, GM Organisational Capability Bethanie Group HelloCare’s creative director, Jakob Neeland had the pleasure of sitting down with ACSA CEO, Pat Sparrow. The pair discussed the impact of media on the aged care sector, the recent interim report and the need to remind people of the […] The post 5 minutes with Pat Sparrow, ACSA and Catherine Walker, Bethanie Group appeared first on HelloCare. […]

  • Intergenerational ‘playdates’ expand dementia awareness for children
    by HelloCare Mail on December 6, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Pymble Turramurra Preschool youngsters are getting masterclasses every week in puzzles, art and bubble blowing as well as an understanding and appreciation of residents living with dementia. The visits are taking place every Thursday morning at HammondCare North Turramurra’s Princess Juliana Lodge, a residential care service for residents. [caption id="attachment_15530" align="alignleft" width="200"] HammondCare's intergenerational playdates. Image supplied.[/caption] Residential Manager North Turramurra Sarah Murphy said the intergenerational playdates were a win for both the children – up to 10 at a time - and the residents, who appreciate the stimulating company. “You can see the residents light up with the energy of the pre-schoolers – they love the life that it brings,â€� Ms Murphy said. “The children bring their own morning tea and play games and all sorts of […]

  • The beautiful Melbourne hospital benefitting both patients and staff
    by Caroline Egan on December 6, 2019 at 4:03 am

      The buildings we live and work in can have a profound effect on our lives, a truth that is particularly relevant in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and aged care facilities. Being immersed in beauty and design that carefully considers the needs of its users not only feels good, it’s good for our health. Research has shown, time and time again, that good design improves health outcomes, even in extreme healthcare environments, such as operating theatres. A famous study by Professor Roger S Ulrich from Chalmers University of Technology, found patients recovering from an operation who were given a room with a view of trees required less pain medication and had shorter hospital stays. The long corridors of the past Traditionally, hospitals and aged care facilities were built with an emphasis on the clinical, and as a consequence they were often unwelcoming, stark, and impersonal. But with a growing body of evidence proving the health benefits of good […]

  • Man Charged With Attempted Murder After The Brutal Bashing Of 84-Year-Old Great-Grandmother
    by Jakob Neeland on December 6, 2019 at 2:25 am

    A 43-Year-Old man by the name of Peter Thao Vinh Phu Bui faced the Hornsby Local Court yesterday and was refused bail after being charged with a string of crimes including the brutal attempted murder of a great grandmother in her retirement home. The man was arrested during a traffic stop on Wednesday following an extensive manhunt that followed the brutal bashing and robbery of an 84-year-old woman that took place on November 16. Patricia Maton had only been living at her retirement home for six weeks when she returned home to find an intruder in her Turramuura unit located in Sydney’s Upper North Shore. It is believed that the elderly victim startled Peter Thao Vinh Phu Bui who was in the process of stealing jewelry from her bedroom before the cowardly attacker turned physical. The great-grandmother was viciously strangled and left with a broken nose, bleeding on the brain, and wounds to the face and arms in what could only be described as a callous and […]

  • Peak bodies unite before Christmas to warn of looming aged care crisis
    by Caroline Egan on December 5, 2019 at 5:27 am

      Australia’s aged care peak bodies have issued an urgent plea to the government for “urgent fundingâ€� to avoid a crisis in the aged care sector. According to a survey conducted by the peak bodies, around 15 per cent of aged care providers say they may need to close their doors within the next 12 months. According to the latest StewartBrown report, 53 per cent of aged facilities are operating at a loss.  And analysis by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) last month suggests almost 200 residential aged care services, providing care for up to 50,000 people, are at “unacceptably high levels of financial distressâ€�. The peak bodies banded together are Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Health Australia, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), The Aged Care Guild and UnitingCare Australia. The group is urging the […]

  • Almost 40% of Aged Care Staff Want To Leave Within Five Years
    by Jakob Neeland on December 5, 2019 at 4:33 am

    There was a sense of urgency in the building as aged care providers and industry leaders gathered at this week's “Strengthening the Aged Care Workforce Conference," to discuss the issues and possible solutions to the industry’s staffing woes. Australia’s ageing population is set to place even more pressure on an aged care system that is struggling to meet demands, and workforce issues are shaping up to be one of the greatest challenges going forward. Although attracting new staff has long been an issue within the sector, ACSA, CEO, Pat Sparrow revealed a statistic that indicates that even current staff may be losing their faith in aged care. “According to new trends, 37% of residential aged care workers don't want to be working in aged care in five years time, and 38% of aged home care staff are saying ‘no’ or ‘probably not’ to […]

  • Providers should be fined for aged care failures
    by Caroline Egan on December 4, 2019 at 4:34 am

      Aged care providers that fail to provide quality care should be fined, and residents who are neglected should be given compensation, a specialist aged care lawyer has said. Catherine Henry told the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, “It’s not sufficient to revoke accreditation only to have it re-conferred in a subsequent accreditation inspection, as this Commission has heard in evidence.â€� “The managers and boards of residential aged care facilities should be held personally accountable when standards are not met.â€� A tribunal should be established to “hold aged care to accountâ€� In a blog this week about her speech to the Royal Commission, Catherine Henry said a tribunal should be established to hear cases of failings in aged care, with powers that would enable it to impose penalties on providers that are not doing the right […]

  • NDIS not available to people over 65: it’s “discriminationâ€�, says Zali Steggall
    by Caroline Egan on December 4, 2019 at 3:51 am

      Disability benefits cut out at the age of 65, leaving many older people with disability unable to cover the costs of their care, the Member for Warringah has told parliament. The cut off is an example of “discriminationâ€� against older people, said Zali Steggall MP, who presented a petition to parliament on Tuesday, the International Day of People with Disability. The petition is calling for “urgent actionâ€� and changes to legislation that would allow increased support for people over the age of 65 who are living with disability. Cross bench independents Rebekha Sharkie and Helen Haines are supporting Ms Steggall’s campaign for reform. Today I'm presenting a petition with 19,446 signatures calling on the government to extend the NDIS beyond 65 or for My Aged Care to better cater for people over 65 who need significant caring. Thank you to Chris and his wife Bobbie for coming today to […]

  • Is Bupa Too Big To Fail?
    by Jakob Neeland on December 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    There have been so many negative stories involving Bupa Aged Care over the last 12 months that information regarding fresh scandals or care failings barely raises an eyebrow from the general public anymore. Sexual assaults, violence, residents with maggots in their wounds, scabies, and staff using a resident's credit card are only a sample of the scandalous headlines involving Bupa this year, along with the 13 homes that have been sanctioned. The Australian aged care sector is currently under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and with 45 of their 72 nursing homes failing to meet all of the health and safety standards this year, many wonder what on earth would have to happen in order for Bupa to have their accreditation status revoked? Over the years, a number of smaller providers have been forced to shut down operations due to consistently failing to meet standards, including ARK Health Care who were forced to sell in 2018 after failing to meet standards in their NSW based […]

  • Tai chi reduces falls among those living with dementia
    by Caroline Egan on December 3, 2019 at 4:36 am

      Tai chi can reduce the incidence of falls and improve quality of life for people who are living with dementia, according to a new study. It has long been known that tai chi has benefits for older people, but this study, for the first time, examined how it might benefit people who are living with dementia. Preventing falls among people who are living with dementia is a hugely important issue because people living with dementia are twice as likely to experience falls, twice as likely to suffer injuries as a result of the falls, and their recovery rate is far poorer, said research leader, Dr Samuel Nyman of the England’s Bournemouth University. The study The study followed 85 people who were living with dementia. Half the group received a free tai chi class every week for 20 weeks and was asked to perform tai chi at home. The other half carried on with their regular lives without tai chi. Each group was asked about falls weekly, and after six months, balance […]

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