Friendship: The Secret to Ageing Well

July 30, 2021, is the International Day of Friendship — a day on which to acknowledge and celebrate our friends, particularly those whose companionship, care and support have sustained us throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. — Edna Buchanan While there’s truth in this quote, think about the pecking […]

The importance of our carers

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A recent article in the aged care newsletter, Community Care Review, ‘Home care redesign must be carer inclusive’ written by Judy Skatsson (May 25, 2021), discussed the importance of the family carer in home care and how the changes to the model of Home Care Packages to Consumer-Directed Care, eliminated the role of carers. As the Aged […]

Making that difficult decision

Working in community aged care for 15 years, I have supported hundreds of families. I have been part of their journey as they have had to make a number of decisions for the care needs of their loved one. I would visit the client and the family regularly to ensure that the support being provided […]

World Kindness Day – Do we need a reminder to be kind?

World Kindness Day is observed internationally on November 13th. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of non-government organisations around the world, including Australia.  The purpose of World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community, focusing on the positive power and common thread of kindness that unites […]

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

On Thursday 31st October 2019 the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report was released. The report, entitled Neglect, has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable citizens and does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and […]