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Aged Care South Australia: New Campaign to Change Aged Care Image

By on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

South Australian not-for-profit aged care provider Helping Hand has released a television commercial across South Australia to combat the negative public perception of aged care services.

The campaign aims to give a “less-typical view” of aged care and show the variety of aged care services available today. “Service choices have changed dramatically in the past few years, but the community is often not aware of the range of possibilities – unfortunately we don’t need to look beyond the sector to understand why,” said Helping Hand CEO, Ian Hardy.

 

Aged Care Perth: National LASA Conference this October

By on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The first national LASA Conference (replacing the previous ACAA Congress) is ending early bird registration for the conference between October 28-31 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The forum will discuss the significant change the aged care industry is currently facing, and will provide workshops on media and communications, recent aged care reforms, attracting young people to aged care, current technology and many other topics.

 

Health in Aged Care: Yoga Cuts Seniors Insomnia

By on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A new Australian-Israeli collaborative study suggests that yoga may help senior people reduce insomnia. The participants in the study of 74 people between the ages of 60 and 87, did physical and meditative yoga as a daily home practice twice a week over 12 weeks.

Researchers found that regular yoga practice can not only help insomnia in older people, but also improves their mental and emotional health.

 

Moving into a Nursing Home: Dealing With Guilt

By on Friday, November 15, 2013

When it is time for an elderly person to enter a nursing home, many relatives experience guilt, grief and a sense of loss. Caring for someone can be exhausting, especially when that person has challenging behaviours such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.  If the disease gets worse over time, it is likely that they will have to be moved into residential aged care. Often the person who has been caring for that person (often a close family member) can feel guilt and grief over making this decision.

 

Understanding Aged Care Finances: Do you need Aged Care Financial Advice?

By on Friday, November 15, 2013

Placing someone in aged care is a landmine of financial decisions, strange acronyms and unfamiliar information which can be confusing (especially when decisions need to be made quickly).Whether you need a financial planner or not depends on individual circumstances, but you may be thinking of using a financial planner when moving into residential aged care if you need guidance on issues such as daily care fees for residential aged care, whether you should sell the family home or rent it out and many other financial factors.

 

Aged Care Technology: An In-House TV Channel for Facilities

By on Friday, November 15, 2013

Web2TV is a new technology that is helping residential aged care facilities keep up with the pressure of accreditation requirements. Web2TV is a branded and customised channel that uses slides to keep residents informed about what’s going on so they remain connected to their community. More than 50 residential facilities are currently using Web2TV to keep residents informed by using slides to post

 

Aged Care Research: Are You a Carer and Don’t Know It?

By on Friday, November 15, 2013

A new study is being conducted by the University of Queensland to investigate the role of informal caring and the impact on the carer’s work and family life. Claire Greaves, an Organisational Psychology PhD Candidate is currently investigating how informal carers, who are also engaged in the workforce, manage these dual roles. Ms Greaves spoke to Aged Care Online about her research and how many carers do not realise that they are care-givers and often unpaid.

 

Understanding Aged Care: It’s a Tough Road for Seniors living with HIV

By on Friday, November 15, 2013

Seniors living with HIV are still suffering from a lack of education among professionals in the aged care industry, according to a recent forum dedicated to the issue which ran in New Farm, Queensland.

The forum addressed the impact that HIV has on people who are ageing, with studies showing that conditions associated with ageing including cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, cardio vascular, kidney and liver disease are more common in a 55 year old living with HIV than a 75 year old living without HIV.

Aged Care Jobs: Meals On Wheels Celebrates 80,000 Volunteers

By on Friday, November 15, 2013

National Meals on Wheels day took place last week to celebrate the 78,700 volunteers and their contribution to their community.

Meals on Wheels Australia President Leon Holmes said the day was about recognising the efforts of the organisation, who have delivered more than 14.8 million meals to over 50,000 recipients in a year.

The organisation delivers meals to metropolitan, regional and rural areas in Australia but said the service was much more than a meal.

Aged Care Facilities Canberra: Push for Pets in Residential Aged Care

By on Thursday, November 14, 2013

The ABC has reported that support to allow pets in residential aged care is growing. Currently many residential aged care homes forbid pets and residents are often forced to leave their companion/s behind when they move into a nursing home or retirement village. Whilst there are current support services to help elderly people find suitable homes for their pets if they are required to leave them behind, many are pushing for aged care providers to preserve the bond between residents and their pets.

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