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The personal touch

Focussing on the person will mean changes to traditional forms of care delivery. A man is sitting in his room and shouting incessantly. A carer identifies his behaviour as verbal aggression and reaches for his medication to calm him down. ...

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From red to black

Making profit in aged care has never been harder, but there are simple steps providers can take to help improve the bottom line The latest survey is further evidence the industry is in financial trouble, writes David Sinclair. The aged ...

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The critical first moments

Staff have a critical role to play in detecting and responding quickly to emergency situations involving elderly. Knowing what to do in those vital first minutes following a sudden incident or illness is critical to avoiding further danger. “Care staff ...

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One bad apple

Providers are focussed on staff retention, but they should be equally worried about staff engagement, writes Cathy Wever. Wanted: nursing staff. Qualifications a must. Experience highly regarded. Enthusiasm and a positive attitude essential. A clear priority for health industry employers ...

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Breaking the negative cycle

Caring for people with arthritis. Arthritis is the name given to more than 120 musculoskeletal diseases. These diseases can have a debilitating effect on the individual. They cause chronic pain and weaken and degrade joint function so that it becomes ...

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Pathways to a new future

Aged care facilities should provide quality clinical placements to nursing students, writes Dr Andrew Robinson. Australia faces multiple challenges in providing high quality care in residential aged care facilities. The resident population is rapidly moving to higher levels of dependency ...

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Making cents of the industry’s coppers

Dr Anna Howe examines the current captial funding framework, the challenges it poses, and offers some possible solutions. Capital flows into aged care from interest on bonds and accommodation charges paid by residents or by the commonwealth for those who ...

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Dealing with difficult pasts

A new resource helps staff better care for the growing number of residents from different cultures who have experienced torture and trauma. The need for new resources and supplemental training around trauma is great. In Western Australia, where the material ...

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