Staff ratios must be priority

Staffing ratios per resident need to be addressed. I am an enrolled nurse in a residential facility and I have just had my job made redundant, along with another EN.

This now means only 1 EN to administer medication, treat wounds and assist health care workers, when needed, to every 30 residents. Continue reading


Not what was promised

We received a call from our mother’s aged care facility around breakfast time one Friday that she was on her way to hospital after having breathing difficulties overnight. She passed away late the next day, in early November 2016. The emergency department doctors said the likely cause of her admission to hospital┬áthe day prior was “aspiration pneumonia”. (This condition occurs when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs, instead of being swallowed into the oesophagus and stomach.) Continue reading

In-home meals (including fluids)


Poor or insufficient food and fluid intake in the elderly and infirm inevitably leads to a malnourished body.

Malnutrition is associated with a cascade of adverse outcomes, including increased risk of falls, pressure injuries and hospital admissions, leading to poorer quality of life and increased healthcare costs.

With up to 30 per cent of older people living in the community malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, this Australian Journal of Pharmacy article exposes 10 food and fluid intake myths for seniors.

It also advises how to eat healthily and maintain sufficient fluid intake to avoid malnutrition.

Conversation starter

Have dietary matters and/or fluid intake been issues for you or someone you care for who is an older or infirm Australian? What have been the consequences? Were you able to you seek professional advice from a dietitian or other health professional? Was the situation addressed satisfactorily?

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