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This Week In Aged Care

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by Eric Hiam in Health Issues And Aged Care

Here are some of the aged care stories from the past week:

Concern Over Future of Kiama Hospital – Kiama Independent

The Kiama community are expecting huge changes in their hospital and health system after the hospital received an $8 million grant from the Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund. This grant is to upgrade the current facilities into a ‘centre of aged care excellence’ however, there is concern that this will have a negative effect on the current health services provided in the area while the upgrade takes place. Follow this link for more information:

Inequality Big Factor in Aged Care Outcomes – Financial Review

We are aware of the rapidly growing need for finance to support our ageing population but there are also a number of other challenges we are facing on deciding how we can provide the best care for our older generations.

Hello Koalas, A Colourful Creative Ageing Study – Camden Haven Courier

50 one metre high fibreglass koala sculptures will be installed in the Port Macquarie Hastings region across the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. These sculptures will help create a familiar, dementia friendly environment. They will allow residents, struggling with dementia, to overcome hesitation when visiting unfamiliar places, as they will be linked by the similar koala sculptures. Read more about the Hello Koalas Sculpture product here:

Pets Continue To Prove Beneficial To The Elderly – PR Wire

The Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to traditional aged care where they allow their residents to keep pets. Read the following article to find out how particular breeds of dogs are helping their aged care residents.

Antibiotic “Failures” in Aged Care – MJA InSight

The lack of on-site doctors in aged care facilities is becoming a major concern with the management of infection in aged care patients being left up to the nurses. Associate Professor Ashley Watson, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Canberra Hospital, believes aged care facilities are in need of more experienced health care professionals to supervise the prescribing problems when faced with infection in the aged care residents. Visit the following link to find out more: