“Don’t Call Me Sweetie” – The Curious Case Of Aged Care Language And Terminology –

Surely, staff that has been deemed competent enough to be able to provide care for vulnerable human beings should also be capable of understanding the effects their words have on residents and using terminology that best suits their individual relationships with them. And, If all else fails, asking a resident how they prefer to beContinue reading ““Don’t Call Me Sweetie” – The Curious Case Of Aged Care Language And Terminology –”

I’m not your ‘good girl’ – why older people don’t like being spoken to like a baby

Caroline Egan, March 2021 Calling older people names like ‘sweetie’ or ‘dear’ is quite common in aged care homes. But researchers have found that when aged care workers speak to older people as though they are children, it creates the perception of incompetence, and that can lead to a downward spiral. What is ‘elderspeak’? ElderspeakContinue reading “I’m not your ‘good girl’ – why older people don’t like being spoken to like a baby”

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol 20 No1

This is the first 2021 issue of SJRCC and with four original research papers, five shorter articles, and a book review, with accounts from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada, and Australia. This issue includes perspectives on the role of informal networks in young people transitioning from care, child rights education for young people involved in childContinue reading “Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol 20 No1”

Final Report | Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

They don’t do things by halves in Australia. The Executive Summary – Volume 1 of the Final Report, providing a brief introduction and overview – runs to a mere 115 pages. The introduction says: This Volume 1 provides an overview of Volumes 2 and 3 of our Final Report and of our special report onContinue reading “Final Report | Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety”

The Howard League | Australian data shows high rate of criminalisation among children in residential care

Australian data shows high rate of criminalisation among children in residential care Earlier in the year Andrew blogged about some research from New South Wales, Australia, on the criminalisation of children in residential care. It showed that concerns in England and Wales are shared in other jurisdictions – something we also discovered in Scotland. NowContinue reading “The Howard League | Australian data shows high rate of criminalisation among children in residential care”

Improving the quality of residential care for older people: a study of government approaches in England and Australia

Trigg, Lisa (2018) Improving the quality of residential care for older people: a study of government approaches in England and Australia. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).    Abstract Improving the quality of residential care for older people is a priority for many governments, but the relationship between government actionsContinue reading “Improving the quality of residential care for older people: a study of government approaches in England and Australia”

A protocol for an individualised, facilitated and sustainable approach to implementing current evidence in preventing falls in residential aged care facilities

Betty Haralambous, Terry P Haines, Keith Hill, Kirsten Moore, Jennifer Nitz and Andrew Robinson. February 2010 Abstract Background               Falls are common adverse events in residential care facilities. Commonly reported figures indicate that at least 50% of residents fall in a 12 month period, and that this figure isContinue reading “A protocol for an individualised, facilitated and sustainable approach to implementing current evidence in preventing falls in residential aged care facilities”

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Terms of Reference The terms of reference for the Royal Commission are included in the Letters Patent, which the Governor-General signed on 8 October 2018. Letters Patent [PDF 223KB] Letters Patent [HTML] The Commissioners were appointed to be a Commission of inquiry, and required and authorised to inquire into the following matters: the quality ofContinue reading “Royal Commission
into Aged Care Quality and Safety”

What can we do to help Australians die the way they want to?

Hal Swerissen and Stephen J Duckett                        Med J Aust 2015; 202 (1): 10-11.     ||     doi: 10.5694/mja14.01580            Published online: 19 January 2015   A different service mix could better meet end-of-life care needs for little additionalContinue reading “What can we do to help Australians die the way they want to?”

Hobart’s ‘museum of sex and death’ to help design Australia’s first dementia village

De Hogewejk, a Dutch gated community which opened in 2009. Photograph: Anita Edridge  Tasmania’s experimental Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) gallery is collaborating on the design of Korongee: a care village with dementia-friendly homes and businesses