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  • Jail time approved for families who neglect elderly parents
    by Caroline Egan on June 20, 2019 at 5:28 am

    A proposal to punish families who neglect their parents, possibly with jail time, has been approved in a state of India. The state of Bihar has approved a proposal to punish children who abandon or neglect their elderly parents, with the highest possible penalty a period behind bars. The leader of Bihar, CM Nitish Kumar, approved the proposal, which will have the effect of making it compulsory for children to look after their parents appropriately as they age. Some states in India already have penalties in place that can be imposed on sons and daughters who fail to care for their ageing parents. Traditional society in India is breaking down Indian society traditionally placed high importance on protecting and caring for ageing parents and society’s elderly. But today there are weaker family ties in India, and the population is more mobile, meaning abandonment, poverty and neglect among older people is a serious problem. In a 2018 survey by HelpAge India, 60 per […]

  • Family portraits capture aged care residents in a favourite location
    by Caroline Egan on June 19, 2019 at 5:25 am

    A Hong Kong photographer’s family portraits of nursing home residents with their families has been so well received, he now wants to take the concept global. When photographer Dick Lau was first asked to take portraits of residents in an aged care home, he wasn’t too interested in the idea. “The original idea from the nursing home staff was taking a portrait for the elderly,â€� he explained to HelloCare. “It is an unpleasant thing, and I wanted to reject it at the beginning,â€� he said. But he reconsidered the offer, luckily, with the idea of photographing residents in front of a place that was important to them for a series of family and funeral portraits.   [caption id="attachment_13407" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Image: Enjoy the Tea Time, by Dick Lau[/caption]   Where would you go if you could leave the nursing home? He began working on the series […]

  • Maggots found in palliative resident’s mouth
    by Caroline Egan on June 19, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Maggots were found in the mouth of a Broome aged care resident, they royal commission has heard. On 26 January 2018, a Broome nursing home received an anonymous complaint that a 62-year-old female resident had maggots in the side of her mouth and under her tongue. After receiving the information, staff immediately investigated, and found the complaint to be true. They notified the clinical nurse manager, and began treatment at once under her guidance. Sadly, later that day the woman passed away. Rejane Le Grange, acting business manager at the facility, told the royal commission, “I don’t know if it happened at night-time, but I do know that there’s an incubation period of about eight hours. “I know that the resident had poor ability to chew so there was food pooling and moisture pooling in her mouth.â€� Maintaining oral hygiene “extremely difficultâ€� […]

  • Royal Commission isn’t highlight “new problems”, hear from Leanne Emerson, Dementia Australia
    by HelloCare Mail on June 18, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Royal Commission isn’t highlighting “new problems”, hear from Leanne Emerson, Dementia Australia The post Royal Commission isn’t highlight “new problems”, hear from Leanne Emerson, Dementia Australia appeared first on HelloCare. […]

  • “Customer Experience is more than just a buzz word”, says Matthew Richter, CEO Aged Care Guild
    by HelloCare Mail on June 18, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    “Customer Experience is more than just a buzz word”, says Matthew Richter, CEO Aged Care Guild. With the new quality standards driving a shift in focus to consumer outcomes, the way aged care providers measure and deliver on quality requires transformation. However, this represents a real cultural shift for many employees within aged care. Matthew […] The post “Customer Experience is more than just a buzz word”, says Matthew Richter, CEO Aged Care Guild appeared first on HelloCare. […]

  • Why do some older people become reluctant to take a shower?
    by Caroline Egan on June 18, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Something that many carers and people who work in aged care might have observed is that older people sometimes become reluctant to bathe or take a shower. Even those who were once very conscious of their appearance and the way they present themselves to the world can become lax about bathing and even putting on clean clothes. Why is this so? There can be a number of reasons that older people might ‘give up’ on their personal hygiene. Sometimes older people, especially those with dementia, may fear taking a shower. The person may be afraid of falling, or they may even think their carer is trying to hurt them. By creating a warm, relaxing atmosphere in the bathroom, carers can try to allay some of this fear. It’s also important in these situations to aim to make showering as safe and easy as possible. Ideally bathe in a walk-in shower, use a sturdy shower chair and a hand-held shower head, make sure there are grab bars in place, […]

  • “Cold and lonelyâ€� older Australians developing hypothermia in their homes: study
    by Caroline Egan on June 18, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Older Australians are developing hypothermia in their homes, a study by The Alfred’s Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah has found. The study followed 217 patients who, between 2009 and 2016, presented at The Alfred and Sandringham’s emergency departments with hypothermia. Of those, tragically, 11 per cent died. The mean age of those presenting at the hospital was 77 years. Nearly 80 per cent developed hypothermia inside their homes. Just over half – 55 per cent – were pensioners, and 45 per cent – nearly half – lived alone. Somewhat surprisingly, 12 per cent of the cases occurred in summer. Of those who died, most were suffering a number of health problems, including heart failure, cancer, kidney disease and sepsis infection. Younger people who presented at the hospitals with hypothermia generally developed the condition due to exposure, often associated with intoxication or […]

  • Connection to culture and country vital for Indigenous elders, royal commission hears
    by Caroline Egan on June 18, 2019 at 4:02 am

    The royal commission into aged care continued in Broome on Monday, with a focus on the needs and concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Professor Leon Flicker, a professor of geriatic medicine at the University of Western Australia, told the commission Indigenous Australians often have to leave their country when they move into residential aged care, but they would prefer to stay closer to home because of their “innateâ€� connection to the land. When asked what constitutes culturally sensitive aged care, Prof Flicker said, “Firstly, it has to be... nearby.â€� “If somebody doesn’t have a nearby service it means that they’re going to move from their family and friends, which happens for non-Aboriginal people as well, but the... thing that complicates the matter for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is they are moving from […]

  • Mediation can help protect older people from financial abuse
    by Caroline Egan on June 17, 2019 at 5:07 am

      Mediation can help to protect older people living in culturally and linguistically diverse communities from becoming victims of financial abuse, according to an expert in the field. Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw will speak about preventing elder abuse in CALD communities at this week’s inaugural Ageing in a Foreign Land conference, being held at Flinders University. The AIFL conference brings together expertise in multicultural communities with government, researchers, academics, policy makers and services, and aims to respond to the voices of older people in multicultural communities. What is elder mediation? Elder mediation is a cooperative process in which a professionally trained elder mediator helps facilitate discussions that assist people in addressing the range of changes and stresses that can occur through the family life cycle, Assoc Prof Bagshaw told HelloCare. Elder mediation can help to prevent the financial abuse of older people in CALD […]

  • One Month Jail For Carer That Sexually Assaulted A Nursing Home Resident
    by Jakob Neeland on June 17, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Personal Care Assistant, Gary Cripps, 63, will serve one month in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault against 62-year-old Jeanette Post in the Geelong Magistrates Court last week. The assaults occurred at the Sea Views Manor aged care home in Ocean Grove where Ms. Post lived as a resident in the special needs unit, under the care of her eventual attacker. Ms. Post was living with Alzheimer’s at the time of the assault and died only three months after the abuse had taken place. Family members told the court that they witnessed a “rapid declineâ€� in the victim's health following the assault that continued until her death.   The victim's daughter, Jade Pigdon, spoke to reporters outside the court and expressed her concerns on the lack of staff in aged care facilities, and the aged care system in general. "I really hope that through the aged care royal commission that people listen to this story […]

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