Food quality in aged care has ‘room for improvement’ as advocates question $10 a day supplement funding model

Food quality in aged care has ‘room for improvement’ as advocates question  a day supplement funding model

Scott Jones wonders how much money and effort goes into the meals prepared for his father, who lives in a retirement home in Hobart. Most important points: Elderly care providers receive an additional $10 per day per resident to improve food quality But proponents say they are concerned about where the money is being spent … Read more

Will COVID Ruin Christmas? Why it is now harder to predict the future of the pandemic

Will COVID Ruin Christmas?  Why it is now harder to predict the future of the pandemic

Australia is now in the midst of another COVID-19 wave. Most important points: Experts say it’s risky to make predictions about COVID-19 based on other countries Doctors say an increase in cases will put a strain on the healthcare system Aged care residents and workers are also nervous about COVID-19 in the run-up to Christmas … Read more

Southern Cross Care’s overhaul of Tasmanian homes dismissed as ‘devilish’ by union

Southern Cross Care’s overhaul of Tasmanian homes dismissed as ‘devilish’ by union

Tasmania’s largest aged care provider plans to train food preparation staff to also care for residents directly as part of an operational overhaul, but the union that represents many of its workers has labeled it “devilish”. Most important points: Southern Cross Care says it now meets minimum standards for aged care after several notices of … Read more

They walked into our party uninvited as if our house were a bar

They walked into our party uninvited as if our house were a bar

Dear Amy: My husband and I have lived in our neighborhood for about 10 years. We are friendly and smiley. One house has always been a ‘problem house’. Loud arguments can be heard, the SWAT team showed up to arrest an adult son (yikes), neighbors accuse the children of stealing tools from their shed, and … Read more

My new boyfriend dumps me when he finds out what I’m doing

They walked into our party uninvited as if our house were a bar

Dear Amy: I was in a 13-year relationship with a man who was 17 years older than me. I helped raise his daughter, who gave me a beautiful grandson. My ex and I were never in love. We never did anything together and he was very emotionally abusive towards me. I left him for a … Read more

Boy fights to save habitat of glossy black cockatoos from elderly care development

Boy fights to save habitat of glossy black cockatoos from elderly care development

An 11-year-old boy’s campaign to save the habitat of the vulnerable glossy black cockatoo highlights shortcomings in federal endangered species laws. Most important points: The glossy black was placed on the endangered species list last August The first phase of the cleanup started in March and construction is now underway More than 65,000 people have … Read more

Tjuntjuntjara aged care workers say ‘having fun’ is the key to remote living

Tjuntjuntjara aged care workers say ‘having fun’ is the key to remote living

Bonnie Ritchie screams with laughter as she drives down a rust-red road in Australia’s largest desert, dogs running after them and Dad wiggles in the back seat. The laughter of Ms. Ritchie and her good friend Carol Kairn is a common sound in the Western Australian community of Tjuntjuntara. It can be heard as they … Read more

Elderly care workers get 15 percent pay increase after Fair Work Commission ruling

Elderly care workers get 15 percent pay increase after Fair Work Commission ruling

Elderly care workers are getting at least a 15 percent pay raise after the Australian industrial arbitrator makes an “interim” decision in a highly anticipated and highly anticipated wage case. Most important points: The Fair Work Commission says it is pleased that an interim increase of 15 percent is needed Unions had called for a … Read more

Aged care system accused of failing elderly Australians with disabilities as over-65s remain excluded from NDIS

Aged care system accused of failing elderly Australians with disabilities as over-65s remain excluded from NDIS

Marie and Robert Young have never been afraid of hard work. Most important points: Australians with disabilities over the age of 65 are excluded from the NDIS and must rely on other services for support NDIS minister Bill Shorten says aged care services are there to care for those over 65 Proponents say the age … Read more

A bunch of residents of a Daylesford retirement home are ‘aging shamefully’ – but it’s all for a good cause

A bunch of residents of a Daylesford retirement home are ‘aging shamefully’ – but it’s all for a good cause

It’s not every day you see older ladies driving with drivers or getting arrested, but with a new calendar you can see it every day. Most important points: Photographer David White volunteered his time to take pictures for the calendar A 103-year-old resident says the funny photo shoots bring a lot of fun to the … Read more