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An Important Read For All …

Nurse Consultant, Auditor and Author Gillian Robinson shares her expertise in this newly published guide for managers and nurses working with our vulnerable elderly in aged residential care. All too often the public are shocked by news headlines of abuse or neglect to vulnerable people in care.  It is the …

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Time to Celebrate…

Mum taught me to always look on the positive side of life and still reminds her family daily how important it is to laugh. I am sorry mum but it is getting increasingly difficult when I think about the perception being portrayed about residential aged care. The difficulty in being …

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Sleep depravation in Quake Zones.

  As we close in on the 4th September, those of us in Christchurch will have experienced three full years of living in the ‘quake zone’. Most of us don’t need reminding that in the early hours of 4th September 2010, the first of a series of devastating quakes struck …

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Stories are Precious …

I decided writing my book ‘Excellence in residential care: a guide for managers and nurses‘ was very much like experiencing a pregnancy. Writing a book goes a lot like this. To start with you can’t believe it’s real or that it’s going to happen at all but bit by bit, …

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I ate an apple tonight…

  I ate the best crispest, crunchiest, juiciest, rosiest, sweetest most marvellous apple while I was driving home last night after attending a seminar. I had put it in my bag earlier for just such an occasion and it really was the very best apple.You might be wondering why I’m …

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How’s your Lifestyle looking?

I read an article very recently titled ‘loving life at 90′. I acknowledge I have not met that milestone yet and won’t for some time but I was drawn to the article because of the photo that accompanied it. The photo showed an elderly woman sitting upright, smiling, looking toned …

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Recipe for a good life ….

  It is the last day of 2012 and I had been sitting inside behind a computer screen for the earlier part of today.  Being a lovely day I decided to take a walk up the Port hills in Christchurch this afternoon.  I enjoyed the smell of the bush, warmth …

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An open letter – please respond

Dear Ageing Population. I have a dream!  Yes, it was someone far more famous than me that said that but I do have a dream. A dream that New Zealand is able to meet the needs and wants of our ageing population. We hear about the Grey Tsunami and the increasing numbers …

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Culture of Care

As an Auditor visiting residential care facilities I often ask questions about the perception of ‘workplace culture’ but what am I really asking?  Do I take the time to ensure the person I’m speaking to understands what I mean or what I’m actually asking?  You may say of course, workplace …

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