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Community care client celebrates one hundred and fifth birthday

By on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Joan Lamb is 105 years old and still lives at home.

She makes her own breakfast every day and heads out at least once a week to do some shopping and grab a coffee and bite to eat.

Joan is one Bethanie’s community clients. As of last week, she is their oldest community client.

Healthy hearts equal healthy minds, according to World Alzheimer Report

By on Monday, September 22, 2014

It is never too late to make positive lifestyle changes to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. This is the key message to take from the sixth annual World Alzheimer Report released last week.

Conducted by Alzheimer’s Disease International, the peak umbrella body for Alzheimer’s associations around the world, the report looks at the modifiable risk factors associated with dementia in the domain of lifestyle, psychology, development and cardiovascular conditions.

Addressing cultural diversity within a philosophy of care

By on Friday, September 19, 2014

People working for an approved aged care provider in Victoria have the opportunity to attend a series of free workshops and seminars addressing cultural diversity in aged care.

The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing has just launched its training calendar for the new financial year, which includes activities on nutrition, dementia, policy development and communication in the context of cultural diversity.

Fire safety first for NSW homes

By on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A 2013 state government reform to improve fire safety in New South Wales aged care homes is making headway, according to recent figures.

All NSW aged care facilities were told to install sprinkler systems in response to the tragic 2011 fire at Quaker’s Hill Nursing Home, which killed 11 people and left eight others seriously injured.

Dementia awareness starts with a conversation

By on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Western Australian aged care provider are tackling the social isolation and stigma that typically accompanies a diagnosis of dementia.

The Bethanie group is launching a ‘Let’s Talk Culture’ as part of Alzheimer’s Australia’s Dementia Awareness Month this September.

September is Dementia Awareness Month

By on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

People with a diagnosis of dementia are taking the lead in a national campaign to make our communities and organisations more dementia friendly.

Dementia Awareness Month takes place each September to raise awareness on what is fast becoming one of the leading causes of death in Australia.

Antibiotic overuse in residential aged care prompts organisational overhaul

By on Friday, September 5, 2014

The overuse of antibiotics in residential aged care has necessitated the urgent review of organisational workflow and workplace culture in the Australian aged care setting, recent research shows.

The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia in July, was based around several interviews, focus groups and onsite observations of 61 doctors, nurses and pharmacists servicing 12 residential facilities in Victoria between January and July last year.

Aged care resident celebrated for contribution to the industry

By on Thursday, September 4, 2014

Eileen Elliott has been at the Benetas Dowell Court aged care facility for almost 40 years.

For the better half of that period, Eileen was in charge of the home. She cooked the breakfast, organised craft and knitting groups and lived in a small room upstairs.

Transition program helps older Aussies go home after hospital

By on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Older people recently discharged from hospital are more than 50 per cent likely to return to the community after receiving care through the Government’s Transition Care Program (TCP), a recent report shows.

Conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the report analyses the activities of the TCP since its introduction in 2005 through till June last year.

A nation for communication

By on Monday, September 1, 2014

Communication is the key to self-expression and healthy relationships, but more than 1.1 million Australians suffer with some kind of communication disorder.

Saturday marked the end of National Speech Pathology Week, an Australia-wide campaign to help raise awareness of the challenges associated with communication disorders and the methods available to overcome them.

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