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Some people will find it harder than others to choose a new home care service provider to help with gardening or getting out and about. from www.shutterstock.com

Seven steps to help you choose the right home care provider

Older Australians needing extra help at home with bathing or gardening can now choose who provides that service. So what do you need to know before choosing a new service for yourself or a family member?
Personal care attendants are responsible for residents’ personal hygiene – they’re not trained to undertake more complex assessments. Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Here’s why we need nurse-resident ratios in aged care homes

Nursing home providers looking to cut costs are bypassing registered nurses and employing less-skilled personal care attendants (PCAs) who aren't trained for the job.
In addition to bed availability, look for specialist dementia wards, skilled staff and good communication channels. hxdbzxy/Shutterstock

Looking for a nursing home place for your parent with dementia? Here’s what to consider

Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision and is usually only arrived at once the person's care needs cannot be met by the family and community-based services.
Nursing homes are not set up or resourced to facilitate the independence of younger residents. The Summer Foundation

Nursing homes are no place for young people with disabilities

More than 7,000 young Australians with disabilities are forced to live in nursing homes because they're unable to find suitable accommodation that meets their needs. But this may be about to change.
There is precious little dignity available for those Australians who are in the last stages of their lives. shutterstock

The slow politics of dignity for the aged and dying in Australia

The contrast between rights with dignity and rights without is increasingly apparent with regard to two groups of Australians: retirees and those in aged-care facilities.
Devoting time to looking after others can result in significant hidden costs to the carer. Shutterstock/Goodluz

Carers deserve more credit in the retirement incomes debate

If the 5.5 million unpaid carers didn't look after others – at the expense of careers and incomes – taxpayers would bear the costs, so as a community we should give carers a fairer deal in retirement.
We all have the legal right to refuse health care. Warren Goldswain

It’s your choice: how to plan for a better death

Have you thought about how you would want to be treated if you cannot make your own decisions? You may be unconscious after car accident, you may be so ill you cannot communicate, or you may be dying and…
The majority of Australians want to die at home but just 14% are able to do so. Rustle/Shutterstock

A good death: Australians need support to die at home

The baby boomers are growing old and in the next 25 years the number of Australians who die each year will double. People want to die comfortably at home, supported by family and friends and effective…

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