When my parents retired, they decided to make a “tree change” and moved away from the outer Melbourne suburbs where they had raised their family and spent most of their lives. They purchased a small home on a bush block and enjoyed the peace and quiet of...
An elderly mother sits quietly in a lounge chair, slightly hunched over, a cardigan hiding bruises on her arms caused by the rough handling of her daughter – her carer. An old man sits in the dark, hungry. His power is cut off because he can’t afford to...
One important area of developing a care plan for a person is recognising family members or significant others in their lives who are either providing direct care and support to the person, or who are actively interested in ensuring the person gets the best care to...
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...
When the new Charter of Aged Care Rights was circulated, a number of people, myself included, expressed concern that responsibilities had been overlooked. I know a number of organisations pointed this out during the feedback period, but when the Charter came out...
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