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Positive self-image

Vance Ingham has always been the resident photographer; he and other seniors put their pictures on display in the Retirement and Lifestyle Expo.  Residents of a community care centre can see their photographs on display as part of exhibitions in ...

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Restraints can go off the rails

Take care not to restrict patients’ legal rights when looking to tie them down, or you could end up in a bind.  A case before the Guardianship Tribunal (as it was then called) in New South Wales in late 20131 ...

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Body mass increase?

Study finds that seniors aged over 65 may lower morbidity risk by carrying a few more kilos. People aged over 65 who are overweight may live longer, according to new research. A study from Deakin University found older people with ...

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They’re playing their song

Alkira residents set the playlist for popular radio show.  Residents at Blue Care Alkira Aged Care Facility get to run their very own radio show, allowing them to connect with the community. Staff and residents are able to request songs ...

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Fluid operations

A co-ordinated effort can keep older residents hydrated, even in hot weather.  Dehydration is one of the leading causes of hospitalisation in older Australians. Not only are older adults at greater risk of dehydration, they are also more vulnerable to ...

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A rush to accommodate

Residents in aged care are demanding more for their money; here’s how providers and builders are working to change with the times and capitalise. By Dallas Bastian. The individuals entering aged care change from year to year, as do their ...

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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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Seniors getting up, Stepping On

Program helps cut rate of falls among seniors, restoring confidence, quelling anxiety.  One professor’s intervention program is making a real difference helping seniors avoid falls. More than one-third of seniors fall once or more annually, according to an epidemiological study. ...

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