Anon Carer: I am a personal carer at an aged care facility. I need my job, I am a passionate carer, but there needs to be changes. These are people we are dealing with - not a factory job! With all the funding cuts and the 'ageing in place' ethos, we cannot do what is … Continue reading A Personal Carers Story
My Mum was in residential care for a number of years, initially in low care, and later high care. At one point, I decided to bring her home to live with me as I felt that she was not receiving decent basic care, or even adequate food, despite me advocating constantly on her behalf. While … Continue reading A Family Member’s Experience of “High” Care
As I said - a VERY busy day! We are proud to have been published twice in one day, and here is the second article, in which I talk about why I was motivated to start our campaign with my friends. Thank you to Aged Care Weekly for the opportunity! https://agedcareweekly.com.au/2018/01/aged-care-reform-a-community-campaign/
It has been a big day here at Aged Care Reform HQ... We have been extremely fortunate to have gained TWO feature articles in online publications. Here is the first article, kindly published by HelloCare. Thank you so much! For me personally, I had a little (happy) cry just seeing my words in print, and I … Continue reading “I Wanted To Complain, But Who Would Listen?”
We will be holding a rally in Adelaide on the 17th of February at 11.30am - 1.30pm. We will rally at the South Australian Parliament, North Terrace Adelaide. Our Facebook event page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/139297549978187/ Please keep an eye out for our speakers list - we are very excited to announce it very soon! … Continue reading Adelaide Rally!
We all like to be active, and useful in some way. Some people put everything into their career because it gives them satisfaction, or they are helping others. For some, family is everything. Other people like to go to church, garden, volunteer or play sports. This doesn't change when we get old, and it doesn't … Continue reading All Work and no Play
Dementia patients can be very unpredictable, and if you are not used to working with them all of the time, you may not be aware of the various techniques that we use to help to manage some of their challenging behaviours. Validation therapy has a very simple theory at its core: "enter their reality". What … Continue reading Validation Therapy
A couple of in-depth articles explaining the recent investigation into Aveo. It is quite clear that greater oversight and perhaps legislated change of these perfectly legal terms and conditions is required - urgently. Why are so many of our older Australians being so poorly represented? Apparently there is no federal minister who holds a portfolio … Continue reading Retirement Villages – Time for Reform?
Photo from the series "Reflections of the Past" by TOM HUSSEY When I worked in community care, I was once sent to a veteran whose family were caring for him at home while awaiting placement in residential care. He'd been in hospital following a fall and was quite a handful for his elderly wife, often … Continue reading Discovering The Person Behind Dementia
Among the most desirable skills for a care worker in aged care there is one that stands out to me as a symbol of all that is most wrong with this industry. Good time management. What does this mean? The average aged care workers shift is between four and eight hours long. You have an … Continue reading The T-Word