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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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A hee-haw a day keeps the doctor away

Laughter – even if it’s fake – can do wonders for health and wellbeing. E. E. Cummings once said, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter,” – a sentiment that certainly rings true with Merv Neal, CEO ...

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For good measure

Several nutrition screening tools are available to help identify residents at risk of malnutrition. Choose the best fit.  Why does nutrition screening matter? In Australia, malnutrition is common in the elderly and can result in poor quality of life, decline ...

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Show them how it’s done

Healthcare professionals should exemplify the healthy lifestyles they preach.  It’s almost as if chronic diseases have become more infectious than the plague, and we are beginning to find out that they are just as deadly. The outlook is rather bleak. ...

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Nibbling details

Senior staff dine with residents for camaraderie and nuanced feedback on meals. Food is a vital part of life for all human beings, not just for the nutrition it provides but for the opportunity to share a meal with others. ...

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Music over matter

American researchers have shown that music has the potential to improve cognition and satisfaction with life in the elderly.  Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Edelweiss are just two classic hits elderly residents in the US are singing to boost brain ...

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