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Update: Abuse inquiry reaches out to survivors

Abuse In Care info video The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is investigating the historical abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and faith-based care in Aotearoa New Zealand. They are looking into why people were taken into care, what abuse they suffered, and the …

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Make the dish, win the book

Mother and daughter team Julie and Ilaria Biuso have a stunning new cookbook on the stands. Called Shared Kitchen: Real food from scratch after the duo’s award-winning website, the book features more than 160 recipes ranging from easy mid-week family meals to gourmet offerings perfect for any occasion. The luscious …

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Chef raises the bar on texture-modified food

Chef Terence Austin is on a mission – to ensure those with the eating condition dysphagia get presented with meals that look, smell and taste just as good as those served to people without the condition. People with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing liquids and solids. It’s a growing problem among …

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‘Tipple and topple’ videos tackle falls prevention

Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking too much, but alcohol’s ability to wreak havoc on the body is the subject of a new set of discussion videos called ‘tipple + topple’. The series of 10 videos, funded through a Ryman Healthcare grant of $20,000, are being used …

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InterRAI assessment: what’s it like?

Has a health problem compromised your wellbeing or ability to live as independently as possible? An interRAI assessment identifies what might bring an improvement and whether support services would help. Sheryl’s father, Alan, was assessed as part of his transition to a retirement village. Here, Sheryl describes what the process …

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When did ‘walking’ become ‘wandering’?

Monday September 21 is World Alzheimers Day, an opportunity to reflect on a condition that 170,000 Kiwis are expected to be living with by 2050. ‘Wandering’ is identified as a symptom of dementia but why don’t we just call it ‘walking’? Caroline Egan of HelloCare explores why the words we …

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Ombudsman report offers valuable lessons

The Chief Ombudsman says his independent inspections of privately run aged care facilities offer some valuable lessons as the sector enters another ‘lockdown’. Peter Boshier released a report on August 18 into his inspection of six facilities providing secure dementia and psychogeriatric care, during COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4 in …

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