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Clean quarters, clean corners

To minimise the risk of infections, a focus on disinfecting touch points is essential.  The cleaning process in aged care goes one step beyond most commercial requirements, as the elderly are more susceptible to illness and germs and have a ...

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Start with a spotless floor

Cleanliness in aged-care environments is essential and requires a detailed approach from the ground up.  Residential and community aged care is already a huge business in Australia and it is estimated that it will grow by 25 per cent annually ...

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Bringing home a winner

Team effort, detailed vision help Blue Care/Aurecon Redcliffe centre claim award for project management.  An aged-care community development has taken out the award for the best construction and engineering project under $100 million in the nation. The Australian Institute of ...

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Bits, bytes, beds and wi-fi

Digital hospital promises benefits in efficiency, safety and care.  Plans are under way for the first fully integrated digital hospital. UnitingCare Health will expand the St Stephen’s day hospital at Hervey Bay, which will house 96 beds. It will be ...

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Holmesglen, Healthscope launch joint venture

Partnership will include clinical placements for students, career development. The first TAFE-based hospital is in the works. The $126 million joint venture between Holmesglen Institute and Healthscope would generate about 150 beds initially, with the prospect of an increase to ...

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One site fits all

Architects design centres that allow residents to stay put as their needs change.  Australia’s ageing population is growing larger every year. According to the latest Census, people aged 60 and older are the largest demographic today and this is expected ...

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International friendly

Global experts shed light on ways Australia can create age-friendly dwellings.  Two international experts on age-friendly housing designs and cities have shared their knowledge at an Australian public lecture. The event, hosted by Monash University’s faculty of design and architecture, ...

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Sense of safety

Homes equipped with devices that collect data on health and activities could help more seniors stay home longer. The challenge of keeping people at home is resulting in the development of technologies that can create safer independent living environments for ...

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