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BlueCross and Sapphire Care merger

BlueCross has confirmed it is merging with Sapphire Care with immediate effect. Collectively, Sapphire Care and BlueCross have been providing high quality community and residential care services for almost 40 years and throughout this time, they have built trusted brands and respected reputations within the communities which they serve. Following a period of review and consideration, the Boards of both organisations believe that the merger provides a strategic platform to leverage growth and market opportunities to meet the needs of ageing Australians. BlueCross and Sapphire Care currently own and operate 35 existing residential services across metropolitan Melbourne, Phillip Island...

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Noise impact on quality of life

Acoustics in aged care is rapidly becoming a major issue. With providers opting for more hard surfaces such as vinyl flooring throughout a facility this is having a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of the residents. Thoughtful design can reduce the impact of noise and improve the quality of our living environment. The acoustics of a space depends on the structural and interior makeup of the building and should be considered early in the design process. Noise is classified as either airborne noise, which travels through the air, or impact noise through vibration. Single products alone cannot...

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Council fees halt progress on Mackay development

A disagreement between Mackay Council and aged care developer, Premier Health Care, over council fees could see the $40 million project axed, according to one of the company directors. Directors of the proposed 120-bed aged care facility in North Mackay have been offered a 50 per cent discount on the Council’s $1.2 million infrastructure fee, but they believe a 100 per cent discount should be applied citing a similar allowance made for Ozcare earlier in the year. Following the Council meeting, director Viv Padman told local newspaper, the Daily Mercury, the project was unlikely to go ahead now as...

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Practical pain management skills improve quality of life

An independent evaluation of pain management services across NSW has identified Greenwich Hospital as a leader in reducing patient’s experience of chronic pain and their dependency on medication. Greenwich Hospital was ranked first for reducing opioid use and third for pain reduction in an evaluation by the University of Wollongong* which collected data from 17 pain services in NSW and an additional 29 across Australia and New Zealand. Highlighting these outcomes during National Pain Week (July 24-30, 2017), General Manager of HammondCare Health and Hospitals, Stewart James, said they were especially pleasing considering the Greenwich Hospital Pain Service had only been in operation for five years. Mr James credited these positive results to the innovative, evidence-based pain management program that involved a multi-disciplinary team delivering treatments that went far beyond medication and exercise. A video series highlighting the stories of several pain service participants has also been released to coincide with National Pain Week. “Under leading pain specialist, Professor Philip Siddall, our team has seen their patients’ pain intensity reduce without the need to increase medication. This is a significant achievement in providing long-term positive outcomes for people living with pain.” Prof Siddall said unique aspects of the program include learning practical pain management skills with a specific focus on reducing pain as well as exploring deeper issues such as the impact of pain on identity and purpose. “By...

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Adaptable seniors units scoop at Master Builders awards

SwanCare has taken out the best seniors/aged persons multi-unit development at the annual Master Builders Association of Western Australia awards for innovative features built into Akora Apartments. The features included the internal communal spaces, commitment to energy efficiency, building adaptability, a rooftop terrace, generous living spaces, an engaging piazza and a ground floor café. Located amidst landscaped gardens at Adie Court in SwanCare’s Bentley Park community, Akora encompasses 44 stylish architect-designed apartments, which include a contemporary light, bright scheme, a private residence lounge, green room, level four terrace and a cafe for the enjoyment of residents and locals. “Akora...

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