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We need more Chief Elder Officers in aged care

A CEO with a difference – we need more Chief Elder Officers in aged care

I covered this story in 2015 (on another blog) but it is just as relevant today as ever, in fact one could argue more so. Why? Because so few organisations are embracing the role of seniors in their management of aged care.


I was inspired by the recent appointment of a Chief Elder Officer at Revera Inc Ms Hazel McCallion. This appointment a first for Revera demonstrates their commitment to ageing with purpose and the elders of their community.

I urge you to take a few minutes to see and hear her conviction to living with purpose in the following YouTube video.

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Changing practice is hard. Do campaigns like #EndPJParalysis help?

Change in health care

The focus on bed rest for recovery and recuperation is losing its appeal in health and aged care and it’s about time too!

We’ve seen the ‘rapid’ recovery models for all kinds of fracture or replacement treatments (hip/knee) and various surgical interventions. There are more and more articles and evidence on the debilitating effects of ‘bed rest’. So the impact is inescapable.

So why do we need initiatives like the UK health #EndPJParalysis 70-day challenge?

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Using the ‘eyes and ears’ of staff in community and home care

Home and community care better observations

What is the point of having a cadre of staff out and about working with clients all day, every day, if we are not harnessing what they see and learn from these interactions?

Isn’t it better to capture these insights, than bland ‘support notes’, that simply record what was ‘done’.

Its time to shift the focus toward what is important to our clients and business – and how better to make the change than by shifting the focus of what we ask of our staff and what information we value.

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Nurses – what’s their advocacy role in aged care

It’s appropriate today, on International Nurses Day, to talk about the role of nurses in healthcare and more particularly aged care.

The theme of this year’s IND is

‘Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right’.

The voice of nursing is to be heard “no matter the location, no matter the setting, and that healthcare should be accessible to all“.

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