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Aged-care acute illness project earns funding

A project aiming to improve the care of nursing home residents who develop acute illnesses has received $1.15 million from the Department of Social Services. The project is called CEDRiC (Care Co-ordination through Emergency Department, Residential Aged Care and Primary ...

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Palliative care is everyone’s concern

A focus on palliative care across residents, family and aged-care organisations is fast becoming a necessity. By Kevin Rocks For many people, discussing the possibility of placing a family member in aged care can be difficult and even distressing. And ...

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Tell me how it hurts: talking to patients in pain

Diagnostic tools for acute pain are often difficult for health professionals to interpret and apply, and managing chronic pain holds its own challenges. This was the focus of the presentation from the University of Queensland’s PainLang at the Australian Pain ...

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Watch for signs a resident will wander off

Research has revealed the likelihood that aged-care residents with dementia will wander into private spaces, and when and where it is most likely to occur. Study author Dr Margaret MacAndrew from Queensland University of Technology said the results show wandering ...

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Being dementia friendly, not dementia fearful

Organisations and community providers need to acknowledge and understand the fears that exist among staff surrounding dementia before positive change in the way care is provided can take place, a dementia consultant has argued. Michelle Harris, dementia consultant with Bethanie ...

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