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Facilities lack proper infection control: study

Many aged-care facilities lack staff trained in infection control and have inadequate restrictions on antimicrobials. Those were amongst the key findings of a study that looked into infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship in Australian aged care. The study, led by adjunct clinical associate professor at Monash University Rhonda ...

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Bandage in works detects pressure ulcers

Researchers from the US are developing a new type of bandage that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers before the human eye can. “What we’re detecting is a change in the way electricity flows that ...

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Watch for signs a resident will wander off

Research has revealed the likelihood that aged-care residents with dementia will wander into private spaces, and when and where it is most likely to occur. Study author Dr Margaret MacAndrew from Queensland University of Technology said the results show wandering ...

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Palliative care wish list

Australia remains a long way from providing everyone with access to quality end-of-life care, the nation’s peak palliative care group states. “We remain a very long way from achieving our goals,” Palliative Care Australia chief executive Liz Callaghan said. The ...

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Being dementia friendly, not dementia fearful

Organisations and community providers need to acknowledge and understand the fears that exist among staff surrounding dementia before positive change in the way care is provided can take place, a dementia consultant has argued. Michelle Harris, dementia consultant with Bethanie ...

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Driving independence

Driverless cars may soon be on Australia’s roads, helping older people in the community and in aged-care lead independent lives. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey recently said driverless cars will transform the lives of older Australians in the future, and Jeffrey Soar ...

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App and education help foster person-centred care

A mobile app and strong leadership are helping to ensure people with dementia receive individualised care, an academic has said. Care for a person with dementia is not always person-centred, Dr Lisa Clinnick said, and the institutionalised nature of care – the need to ...

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