Ignoring the Squirrels

Ignoring the Squirrels

Do you remember ‘Dug’? He’s the dog from the kids movie Up. Dug was easily distracted by squirrels, taking him off-conversation and off-course. We too can become distracted by the ‘squirrels’ in our lives; I know I’m prone to getting sidetracked unless I have a very...
Planning to Succeed

Planning to Succeed

Happy New Year! As we move into 2020, there are no shortages of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ being flung around from every direction, most not making it past the end of January. Why do you think that is? It’s because people don’t know that they must plan to succeed. When...
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a good soaking rain

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a good soaking rain

I stepped out of the car to take a picture of the dry paddocks on the way out to a small town located in northern New South Wales and found myself sinking into a pile of sand and chaff, the fallout from recent dust storms that had picked up everything that was laying...
Are You Using the Aged Care ‘Dirty Words’?

Are You Using the Aged Care ‘Dirty Words’?

Come on, you know what they are: lovey dearie old fella oldie the old fart you old folks young man or young lady over the hill The ‘dirty words’ are those that attach an ageist attitude towards older people. After all, I take offence at the young cashier at the...
Undervalued, Underpaid, & Insufficiently Trained

Undervalued, Underpaid, & Insufficiently Trained

The findings of the Royal Commission will not be a surprise to many working in the sector. The title of the Interim Report is ‘Neglect’, which at first glance looks to be aimed at those providing direct care and support. However, the Foreword provides a clear insight...
Good Things Often Come in Small Packages

Good Things Often Come in Small Packages

Big is not necessarily better. Neither is an increase in the numbers of care providers who may have entered the industry driven by the lure of profit. This is something that is becoming evident from reports in the media lately, especially when it comes to aged care...
Getting ready for summer – emergency planning

Getting ready for summer – emergency planning

I’m sitting here writing this on a relatively cool day for Brisbane – it’s only 23 degrees, but I think it’s only a short reprieve. We’ve already had some pretty hot days and that was spring. The Queensland Bureau of Meteorology State Manager, Bruce Gunn, said...
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

In the aged care and disability industry we know that work can be stressful. We deal with a variety of people who require our attention and support, as well as having to complete tasks within a tight timeframe. As team leaders or coordination staff, we have deadlines...
Embracing Mental Self-Care

Embracing Mental Self-Care

This week we recognised World Mental Health Awareness Day. On Thursday the 10th October, people around the world are reminded to consider how they support their own mental health and wellbeing as well as that of others around them. There are experiences that can make...
Mental Health in Older People – Mental Health Day 2019

Mental Health in Older People – Mental Health Day 2019

Thursday October 10th is World Mental Health Day 2019. The World Health Organisation notes that mental and neurological disorders make up 6.6% of the total disability of older adults aged 60 and over. Additionally, approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer...