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Medication Administration

Challenges in Medication Administration

Swallowing medication is a significant issue for 15-30% of the healthy population, and this has become more problematic in recent years with the increased use of tablets and capsules as main form of medical treatment across a variety of medical conditions. It is even more...

Nutrition and wound healing

Nutrition & Wound Healing

Pressure injury prevalence has been reported at 16-23% in combined hospital and residential aged care populations (1,2). Chronic leg ulcers affect 1-3% of people aged over 60years, with incidence increasing up to 5-10% in the 80+ age group. (3,4). Wounds can include pressure ulcers, wounds post-surgery or...

How to care for resdients with aphasia

How to Care for Residents with Aphasia

Communication problems associated with hearing loss and dementia are very common for residents living in aged care facilities and 95% of residents live with at least one communication disorder. Aphasia is a complex condition not widely known in the community, however, it can cause devastating...

food borne illness in aged care

Food Borne Illness in Aged Care

Aged care residents are a vulnerable group of the population at higher risk of food borne illness. Consequently, it is vital that all aged care facilities are following standard 3.3.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. This month we explore the topic of...

nutrition and bowel health

Nutrition and Bowel Health in Aged Care

As we age, bowel health assumes a greater importance for a number of reasons, including: increased prevalence of constipation, incontinence, bowel obstruction and other bowel disorders. Bowel regularity varies for everyone. For some individuals, bowel motions occur daily, while for others, every second or third day...

Taste Changes and Ageing

It is often said that we eat with or through our eyes. The same can be said of taste and smell. Eating involves 2 senses working together – taste and smell. Your taste buds identify flavour – sweet, salty, sour, bitter. Your sense of smell allows...

coughing or choking

Coughing? Choking? What’s The Difference?

Often the terms coughing and choking are used interchangeably, but in fact they are two quite different things. Coughing noisy Coughing is a noisy (sometimes dramatic), natural response to something irritating a person’s airway, such as inflammation or mucous from a cold, virus, food particles or fluid...

menu planning for aged care

Menu Planning in Aged Care

Food and nutrition impacts on the physical and functional needs of residents in aged care and contributes to quality of life. It is important for aged care facilities to maximise enjoyment from food while minimising malnutrition. For many residents the food provided by an...