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All the world’s a stage

Every actor faces challenges. You must learn lines, get an understanding of your character, and, of course, overcome the infamous opening night nerves. But for members of the resident drama group at Emmy Monash Aged Care facility, a Jewish high ...

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Mind,body and soul

Coastal walks, dancing, music and singing, big bands, tea dances, sports events, fun on the farm, gala opera nights and wheelchair dancing – these are just some of the colourful components of the lifestyle program at the Brotherhood of St ...

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Breaking down the silos

Providers of residential and community care will be inspired by a unique new workplace arrangement at Baptist Community Services. Darragh O Keeffe reports. Sometimes the best ideas are the most obvious, and you wonder why no one had thought to ...

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Growing older, together

Australia, we’re getting old. And community care will be the overall winner, writes Michael Fine. It’s not just you and me. Australia’s population is growing older, and larger, everyday, according to the latest projections in the 2010 Intergenerational Report. This ...

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The cost of indifference

With rising energy prices, and the growing public appetite for energy efficiency, how long can providers afford to waste money on inefficient buildings, asks John Brodie. Most aged care facilities we visit are wasting up to $50,000 per year simply ...

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From household to neighbourhood

Aged care should be designed to encourage living in place, not ageing in place, writes Ken Blair. Creating, eating, dancing, dating, visiting, learning, socialising, working, singing, shopping, engaging – not just ageing. The challenge for providers and designers of living ...

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The seeds of growth

Competition in community care is hotting up, with many providers expanding interstate, and some residential organisations getting in on the act. Megan Stoyles reports. When Rob Knowles was appointed to the board of the Royal District Nursing Service of South ...

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Behind closed doors

Summer is a particularly dangerous time for those living alone. Is community care the solution, or the problem, asks Michael Fine. Summer is here, at last. It can mean time for a holiday with the family, lying on the beach, ...

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