Maggie Beer’s Big Mission – Episode 2

Dysphagia and Texture Modification One of the most important elements of cooking in aged care is to meet the needs of those residents affected by dysphagia (swallowing difficulty), as they may need the texture of their food and drinks modified. There are 5 different textures of food and 5 different fluid textures. Further information about the different textures can be found by clicking here.Having different textures means that not all food is ready once it is cooked – it needs to be fu... Read More

Maggie Beer’s Big Mission – Episode 1

Malnourishment Risk  One of the key drivers for the project that Maggie Beer mentions is the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety which highlighted that 68% of residents in aged care facilities were at risk of malnutrition or are malnourished. This figure was based on data from 2014 in a study that examined 215 ambulant residents across several aged care facilities in Melbourne. It should be noted that outside Australia, a Swedish study published in 2015 followed 318 aged ... Read More

Couples Stay Together in Aged Care

Wendy and Jim's Story ~Wendy and Jim have been happily married for 62 years.Wendy was Jim’s primary caregiver when Parkinson’s Disease impacted his ability to manage everyday life.They were thrown a curveball last year when Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer which meant she was no longer able to care for Jim.  She also started suffering with arthritis in her right hand which affected her dexterity.Wendy and Jim’s children recognized the need for assistance and or... Read More

What We Love About Living In Aged Care

For elderly people requiring assistance with day-to-day living, aged care homes have many advantages over other types of care.We asked some of our residents to tell us the best parts of life in aged care and they came up with a comprehensive list.Security/SafetyOlder people are often vulnerable in their own homes particularly when they are forgetful and may forget to lock a door or close a window. It leaves them open to the possibility of a break-in. Aged care homes have high... Read More

What it’s Like Working in Infection Control During a Pandemic

Imagine starting a new role, which includes infection control and finding yourself in the midst of a pandemic - that’s exactly what happened to Meath Care Senior Clinician, Lisa Pham.Lisa graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2014 with a degree in Health Science, Nursing and joined Osborne Park hospital as part of their graduate programme.It was a great learning environment where she worked in various departments including rehabilitation, looking after those recovering from ... Read More

Planning Ahead ~ the Importance of Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Guardianship in Aged Care

Planning ahead: Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Guardianship in Aged Care.If you or a loved one are considering entering residential care, there are several documents which are useful to have in place, prior to admission.Whilst they aren't mandatory, they're highly desirable. They allow you to entrust important decisions to a person of your choice in the event that you're unable to make your own decisions.It’s important to talk to your family members or a t... Read More

Enhanced Living Environment for Residents

We’ve been busy making improvements to our dementia-specific unit at the Dr Mary Surveyor Centre in Kingsley.Shenton residents will now have easy access to the outside garden from the communal lounge area.A fence and gate have been installed across the width of the garden, close to the raised garden beds, allowing residents to move unrestricted between both areas.Previously, a swipe lock was required to access the garden.  The re-vamp has given residents the ability to mov... Read More

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