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Out of sight, out of mind

Ageism is rife among those who are planning, designing and building aged care facilities and retirement villages. Megan Stoyles reports. Professionals involved in the policy, design and planning of residential care are frequently motivated by ageist stereotypes and assumptions about ...

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Stunningly Swiss

Progressive European architecture gives food for thought in residential design, writes Beverley Garlick. Switzerland has a very similar aged demographic as Australia, with an ever increasing percentage of the population aged over 80, and the inevitable need and shortage of ...

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The re-emergence of small?

The funding model and regulatory framework have been the driving forces behind the trend towards larger facilities, but will this continue, asks Ken Blair. What direction will we see the aged care sector develop over the next 20 years, as ...

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Changing with the times

Changes in resident profiles, coupled with growing demands for personalised care and privacy, are impacting facility design. Linda Belardi reports. As Australians enter aged care facilities later in life and have greater clinical needs, responsive building design is critical to ...

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Building better

If we really want to know how we should be building aged care facilities, why not just ask the residents, researcher Ralph Hampson tells Darragh O Keeffe. Ralph Hampson remembers vividly the moment it happened. Seven years ago he was ...

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Fit for Life

Elders are being put through their paces in an innovative fitness program, with encouraging results, writes Megan Stoyles. Aged care residents in South Australia are lining up to join a bootcamp which is providing fitness, fun and a better outlook ...

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Out of sight, out of mind

Ageism is rife among those who are planning, designing and building aged care facilities and retirement villages. Megan Stoyles reports. Professionals involved in the policy, design and planning of residential care are frequently motivated by ageist stereotypes and assumptions about ...

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Giving outbreaks the serve

It’s the word we dare not say in the kitchen. Gaye Philpott tackles the dreaded norovirus. Norovirus has become a buzz-word in my region in recent months due to a number of outbreaks. Several wards at the main hospital and ...

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