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Toileting aged care residents is both time consuming and costly, a fact that often results in staff adopting passive methods of continence management in aged care homes, such as relying on pads. Read More

New study: Risk of suicide increases drastically after dementia diagnosis

On World Health Day (April 7), HelloCare looks at new research that reveals the potentially devastating impact a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or dementia can have on older people. Why are the suicide rates so drastically high? And how can loved ones and carers help reduce these worryingly high statistics? Read More
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This innovative idea has just improved call bell response times by 30% 

Many nurse call systems have not been updated in over a decade. These challenges not only create safety concerns, but impact the resident’s experience, causing frustration and distress. To better connect staff to their residents, an Australian company is showing the way forward, after developing an innovative resident response and nurse call system. Read More

The public health problem that keeps growing: Loneliness

The pandemic has exacerbated loneliness around the world due to long periods of isolation and lockdowns – and it has been linked with higher rates of depression, heart disease and cancer. But what is being done about it, both overseas and here in Australia? Read More

Using VR to connect, stimulate and bring joy to seniors

Virtual reality is a powerful and accessible technology with many applications in aged care – from supporting activities that delay the onset of dementia by encouraging mental activity and stimulating memory, to building stronger bonds between residents through shared experiences. Read More

#WisdomWednesday

Wisdom Wednesday is about celebrating the experience and wisdom of our elders across the globe through storytelling. It's through these stories that we attempt to elevate their often unspoken worth and value of age unwittingly lost to peers and future generations. Do you have an elders story to share or are you an elder yourself that would like to be interviewed? Help us celebrate the lives of our elders through Wisdom Wednesday, a weekly segment posted ironically every Wednesday. Our older generation is by definition the most experienced members of our community but as they age and transition into more passive, physically constrained roles in society, their importance and roles too often dwindle, particularly so as they enter long term care.

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