Clinical News Update

Over the past few months many of our care staff have engaged in education including medication management, care for residents with Dementia and recognition of the deteriorating resident.

Following consultation with our facility managers and our RN’s, Twilight has also commenced a six month trial around our “On Call” roster. During this time, the facility managers and RN’s will be “On Call” for their homes only.

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CEO Report December 2017

It is hard to believe that the year is coming to an end and this is the last newsletter of the year. The last few months have flown by with a number of community activities contributing to a busy and fulfilling life for residents at Twilight.

The Glades Bay Singers have performed at Hunters Hill Village on two occasions in the last few months bringing much delight to both residents and visitors. Many of our residents love to sing and reminisce and this is one activity that brings people together and puts a smile on their faces.

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How our dietary needs change as we age

As we age, a healthy diet becomes more important than ever. The right foods give our bodies the best chance at maintaining our mobility, mind and overall health. Unfortunately, with age, our appetites decrease, along with our dexterity and our ability to chew, so eating the right food isn’t always straightforward.

At Twilight Aged Care, we aim to provide each individual with quality food that caters to their personal, cultural and dietary needs. In this article, we’ve put together some insights, information and tips on maintaining a healthy diet as we age.

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The transition to aged care – what to expect

As we age, our mobility, coordination and memory begin to decline. This can make it difficult to perform basic day-to-day tasks such as getting around, cooking, and maintaining personal hygiene. There are several options available to those requiring additional assistance, including government funded community centre groups, live-in home care options, retirement villages and aged care facilities.

Twilight Aged Care offers aged care communities that allow residents to maintain independence, individuality, dignity and quality of life in a safe and supportive environment.

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Becoming a carer – how to care for your elderly loved one

With Australians living longer, and the proportion of people above retirement age in the country at a record level, there are lots of challenges ahead for our healthcare and aged care systems. What is sometimes overlooked is that the aging population also means more of us will be caring for elderly family members at home in the coming years. You might have recently stepped into the role of carer yourself, looking after a spouse or parent, for instance.

Becoming a carer can be very rewarding. What it often means is that your loved one will be able to live at home for longer but it also brings new challenges. Depending on the needs of your elderly relative, your responsibilities will change.

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Arthritis prevention and management

World Arthritis Day takes place on Thursday 12 October, and with a rapidly aging population here in Australia, arthritis is a disease likely to cause increasing concern in the coming years. It already affects nearly four million Australians, and although young people can develop arthritis, it mainly affects the older portion of the population.

Arthritis affects people in many different ways. Over 100 conditions fall under the umbrella of arthritis including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Giving support and assistance to someone with arthritis requires a very specific form of care.

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Always welcoming new volunteers

Twilight is on the lookout for volunteers! We have launched a new, personalised Volunteer Program, which benefits both volunteers and residents as we aim to pair those with similar interests who share common beliefs, values and attitudes.

Our exciting new Volunteer Program welcomes applicants from all areas of the community, encompassing a thorough orientation, formal recognition and ongoing appreciation.
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Technology – the Future of Aged Care?

At Twilight Aged Care we are always on the lookout for new and better ways of providing holistic care for our residents. Technology already plays an important role in what we do, but as leaders in aged care we are fascinated by the possibilities it will offer care homes in the not too distant future. As Australia faces the challenge of an ageing population, technology is going to play a key role in shaping the future of aged care.

Not that long ago, ‘digitisation’ and ‘going paperless’ were the mantra of IT consultants in the health and care sectors. Today, bodies like the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council (ACIITC) are calling for a wider focus, looking at scalable solutions that will meet the needs of the care providers – and those who receive care – that go far beyond digital storage.
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