The Ticking Clock – Advance Care Planning

The Ticking Clock – Advance Care Planning

I can’t remember who said that famous quote…”time waits for no man (or woman)”, but I’m sure many of you out there have heard it and probably know its origin. I don’t think there are too many people on this planet who don’t feel the seemingly innate ‘tick’...
Technology for Seniors in a COVID-19 Environment

Technology for Seniors in a COVID-19 Environment

Have you noticed the rapid shift that many seniors have had to make into using new technology over the past two months? I look to my own mother as an example. At 83 she has embraced the changes, some with more enthusiasm than others I have to admit, but still, as...
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...
Effective Handovers and Their Role in Quality Care

Effective Handovers and Their Role in Quality Care

Are you providing an effective handover at the end of your shift? Good communication is the cornerstone of a well-run organisation and is the most important factor for achieving positive consumer and staff outcomes. If you work in residential care, or in a setting...
Lifestory Work In Action

Lifestory Work In Action

Last week, we looked at the negative impact of not knowing a person well, how lack of insight into their history and habits can lead to an adverse outcome. This week I want to review the positive side of understanding the consumer of aged care services better and how...