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  • ‘Walking football’ to help older Australians
    by Caroline Egan on August 1, 2019 at 1:27 am

      The federal government has launched a campaign to get more older Australians playing ‘walking football’, a non-contact, low-impact version of the game. [caption id="attachment_14014" align="alignleft" width="200"] The minister Richard Colbeck with the ball at the 'walking football' launch. Image supplied.[/caption] Walking football programs will be rolled out in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT, and pilot programs will begin in South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and Northern NSW. There will be 110 walking football ‘hubs’ established over the next year, with the number increasing to 148 the following year. Walking football is already hugely popular overseas, with around 800 clubs already in operation in England. How is walking football played? Walking football is intended to be easy for all to join in, and overall a lot of fun. Matches are played with modified formats […]

  •  RFBI wins ACSA ‘Provider of the Year’ 
    by Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) on August 1, 2019 at 1:08 am

    RFBI is delighted to be the winner of the ACSA ‘Provider of the Year’ Award.  Announced at the Awards dinner held on Thursday 25 July, ACSA has again honoured organisations, teams and individuals who have demonstrated excellent contributions and achievements in the aged care industry throughout the year.  As a leading not-for-profit aged care provider, RFBI is continually evolving; striving to incorporate new thinking, research, technology and building designs to improve outcomes for residents and clients. Amongst the many initiatives introduced over the past year are:  - ‘Pets Welcome’ program at their village in Dubbo, which allows residents to move in with their beloved pet  - Personalised doors to help residents living with dementia to feel more at home  - ‘My Wish List’ program at […]

  • Remember the Physical Therapy Subsidy?
    by Simon Kerrigan on August 1, 2019 at 1:00 am

      The aged care community and its consumers are desperately searching for positive change. A significant determinant of the current stagnated system is the current funding tool. That fact has been recognised and is in the process of redevelopment. But have we been too quick to completely discard a valuable idea due to its close association with the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)? The “Physical Therapy Subsidyâ€� was a great idea and there’s some very good reasons to consider its inclusion in the revised funding model. In fact, the basis of the proposed Australian National Aged Care Classification System (AN-ACC) would support its inclusion. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the R-ACFI proposed that a physical therapy subsidy be included as part of an adapted version of the current funding tool. The subsidy would be available to all residents and would involve a wide range of therapeutic inputs […]

  • The Australian Charity Covering The Cost Of Veterinary Bills For Pensioners
    by Jakob Neeland on July 31, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Almost anyone with a pet will tell you that it doesn't take very long for an animal to become a fully-fledged member of the family. Relationships between everyday-people and their pets can obviously mean a lot, but there is no overstating just how special that bond can be to an older person.  Elderly people are more prone to social isolation than any other age demographic in Australia, which is highlighted by the little known fact that men over the age of 85 actually have the highest rate of suicide in the country. One of the reasons for these kinds of problems is that people can lose their sense of purpose as they reach old age, and this is what makes the companionship and responsibility of pet ownership such a positive force in the life of an elderly person. Unfortunately, a visit to the local VET is not cheap, and ensuring the health of your beloved pet can come with the type of price tag that a lot of pensioners and disadvantaged people simply can’t […]

  • “Unless somebody diesâ€� you won’t get respite care, royal commission hears
    by Caroline Egan on July 31, 2019 at 5:21 am

    The royal commission has been hearing this week about the struggles that carers face looking after their loved ones at home. Carers revealed they face social isolation, financial hardship, difficulty accessing respite care, and a lack of support in general. Yet some said it was still a role they were happy to perform. “What was important to me was providing care for someone elseâ€� On Tuesday, Nicole Dunn told the royal commission that moving in with her grandmother at the age of only 32 to care for her was something she did with little thought as to how it would impact her own life. “I don’t know whether I really considered my life choices, to be honest… because that was not what was important to me.  “What was important to me was providing care for someone else, particularly because I knew the time I had to do that would be limited.â€� […]

  • ‘Death cafes’: coming together to discuss a taboo topic
    by Caroline Egan on July 30, 2019 at 5:24 am

    MidCoast Council is hosting a series of ‘death cafes’ in the lead up to ‘Dying to know’ day on 8 August, giving the community the opportunity to ask questions and discuss a topic that is still often considered taboo. When three councils amalgamated in 2016 to form MidCoast Council, one of the biggest issues for them was uncertainty about where to go to find information. There were a particularly large number of questions about cemeteries, memorials, and burials. “People were coming to us before someone had passed away, and asking us what they should do,â€� Kimm Christie, team leader cemeteries and memorials, MidCoast Council, told HelloCare. With a shift away from traditional rituals around death, there was more interest in the area that ever before. With the council fielding questions daily, the council decided to get together with businesses in the area to share […]

  • Why do we stop playing as we grow older?
    by Sue Silcox on July 30, 2019 at 12:05 am

    We know that children benefit from play. They learn about the world, engage with each other, as well as getting moving and active in their environments. Play is no different for older people, who also can benefit from social connectedness, exercise, and using their minds in creative ways. Play is also simply a great opportunity to have some fun. “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing,â€� said George Bernard Shaw. So, how can we encourage older people to engage in play, and to reap the benefits? Encouraging older people to play Ageless Grace® is a quality-of-life and wellness tool that engages people in playful exercises combined with simple movements. It requires concentration and co-ordination - exercising the brain while it exercises the body. [caption id="attachment_13952" align="alignleft" width="300"] Concentration and laughter among those taking part in an […]

  • Coroner to investigate death at Queensland’s newest nursing home
    by Caroline Egan on July 29, 2019 at 7:08 am

    The death of a resident at a Queensland nursing home is being investigated by the coroner, the sad news coming only weeks after the facility was deemed a “serious riskâ€� by regulators and only months after the facility opened. HelloCare has been able to confirm the Queensland coroner will investigate the death of a resident at PresCare Protea. “The Coroners Court Queensland can confirm that the death has been reported to the Northern Coroner, Ms Nerida Wilson, for investigation," a spokesperson for the CCQ told HelloCare. Facility accredited in April this year The investigation comes only weeks after PresCare Protea failed to pass two of the 44 quality accreditation standards and was deemed a “serious riskâ€� to a resident.  PresCare Protea received its accreditation in only April this year, with the company’s website boasting of the new […]

  • New standards don’t ensure quality care for people living with dementia
    by Caroline Egan on July 29, 2019 at 5:18 am

      The new aged care quality standards don’t ensure quality dementia care will be delivered to people living with dementia, says Dementia Australia. But the peak body for dementia in Australia has spoken to those with lived experience of dementia in forums all around the country to find out what is important to them.  Using the insights they gathered, Dementia Australia has formulated a series of recommendations to support the eight accreditation standards, which only came into effect on 1 July 2019. The recommendations have been compiled into a ‘communique’ which has been delivered to the Aged Care Minister, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck. What is quality dementia care? The communique sets out what constitutes quality dementia care according to the people who live with the condition, as well as their families and carers. Mareee McCabe, chief executive officer Dementia Australia, told HelloCare, […]

  • Lenny the dementia-friendly barber
    by Caroline Egan on July 26, 2019 at 6:48 am

      Lenny White’s dementia-friendly mobile barber service has been such a hit with clients he’s taking the concept global, and will even be in Australia next year to talk about the unique service he offers people living with dementia. When Lenny first engaged with people living with dementia, he was 17 years old and washing dishes at his local care home. Serving meals to the residents, he always enjoyed their company and found it easy to speak to them. He had a knack for being able to enter into their world and form connections, and he enjoyed hearing their stories and learning about what they had done in their lives. When families asked Lenny to spend time with their loved ones, he was always happy to help. Lenny told HelloCare the term ‘dementia’ wasn’t really used in those days. People would just say the residents were ‘senile’ or […]

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