Media Coverage

Bendigo Bank Communities: Arts on Prescription

HammondCare's Arts on Prescription is a fun and engaging program where professional experienced artists help older people explore creativity and learn new skills, while at the same time focusing on health and wellness.

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Inside Ageing: 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.

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2ser 107.3: Art as Therapy

A pilot program run by aged care facility Hammond Care at the Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre has prescribed art therapy to refugees to help them recover from trauma, anxiety and depression. To talk to us more about this program The Daily was joined by by Amanda Hoh, ABC Radio Sydney reporter.

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Australian Ageing Agenda: Shining a light on dementia care after dark

Best practice strategies for caring for a person with dementia at night time is the focus of a new guide for formal and informal carers.

Night-time care: A practice guide, has been written by Diana Kerr and Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, internationally recognised experts in the field of dementia and night-time care.

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Inside Ageing: Respite care for carers

HammondCare has started to roll-out its Melbourne respite care for carers program, with priority given to people caring for those with a culturally and linguistically diverse background.

HammondCare At Home will run these new programs across the Boroondara, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges local government areas.

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SBS: HammondCare Darlinghurst news package

Coverage by SBS on the development of HammondCare Darlinghurst. includes interviews with Margaret Schestopalov, HammondCare's General Manager of HammondCare - Angela Raguz and Council On The Ageing's, Ian Yates.

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Public Now: Much needed boost to affordable city housing

The City of Sydney has announced new projects to significantly grow the number of affordable rental housing units in the city and help at-risk young people from becoming homeless.

Already the City has helped finance the creation of 800 affordable housing units, as well as supplying grants for housing projects including $1.5 million to HammondCare for the development of a subsidised residential aged care facility.

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ABC News: HammondCare Darlinghurst package

In the inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst, early work has begun on an aged care centre catering for homeless men and women.

The 42-bed centre will be operated by the charity HammondCare, on a site previously occupied by a car wash.

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The Carer UK: New Evaluation Phase For Ground-Breaking Dementia Dog Programme

HammondCare’s Dementia Centre has been awarded the tender to provide research evaluation of the ground-breaking Dementia Dog Project in Scotland.

Director of the Dementia Centre, Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, said the evaluation would take place over the next three years and would examine the impact of assistance dogs for people living with dementia.

View More ISPO appoints new president

Friedbert Kohler, MD, director of medical services at Braeside Hospital and the clinical director of Aged Care and Rehabilitation for South Western Sydney Local Health District in Australia, has been appointed president of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, according to a press release.

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Liverpool City Champion: Dr Kohler named president of ISPO

Dr Friedbert Kohler said he plans to use his two year appointment as president of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) to champion the needs of the people who were dependent on prosthetics and orthotics but could not afford or source them.

View More Registered Nurses Not Needed 24/7

LAST month the state government voted 45 to 34 not to pass law requiring all aged care facilities to have a registered nurse on site at all times.

HammondCare, which operate Strathearn Village in Scone have a registered nurse on site at all times, but agree facilities need flexibility in staffing.

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The Sydney Morning Herald: Drug and alcohol use becoming less common among young people, more common in middle

Australian women have overtaken their daughters when it comes to risky drinking, with more women in their 50s exceeding the lifetime risk guidelines for alcohol consumption than those aged 18 to 24 for the first time.

The most comprehensive snapshot of national vice reveals that while younger people are becoming more abstemious when it comes to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs, their parents and grandparents are taking their habits with them into older age.

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Scone Advocate: Royal Hotel Scone throws support behind Friends of Strathearn

THE Friends of Strathearn have praised the kindness of Royal Hotel Scone publican Ian Campbell after the venue hosted another successful fundraiser for the organisation.

The group’s members play an active role in fundraising efforts within the Upper Hunter so they can continue providing much-needed equipment for the residents of Strathearn aged care.

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Inside Ageing: Palliative Care Australia Conference scholarships and program

Palliative Care Australia and Decision Assist are offering 38 scholarships for people to attend the Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide in September.

A number of aged care providers will share how they manage palliative care both in residential and home care settings, including UberCare, SilverChain, HammondCare, BaptistCare, Resthaven, several different local health districts and hospital services.

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MJA Insite: Aged care falls death - a question of balance

A MAJOR aged care provider has warned of dire “unintended consequences” if regulations are tightened around the sector to reduce preventable nursing home deaths.

Dr Stephen Judd, chief executive of HammondCare, told MJA InSight that recent calls to increase nursing home regulation would produce “nursing staff who are fixated on compliance rather than fostering a good quality of life for the people they are caring for”.

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Manningham Leader: Sweet pal helps with demenita

Graham Permezel said the eyes of his companion dog Greta "melt" him. The chocolate Labrador is part of the Dogs 4 Dementia program, run by HammondCare and Assistnace Dogs Australia.

She was placed with Graham, who has dementia, and his wife Jan as part of a trial about six months ago.

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Australian Ageing Agenda: Palliative care at home needs support

New figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show hospitalisations for palliative care increased 19 per cent in four years – the most growth of all reasons for a hospital stay.

The data was released on Wednesday as Australia marks National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May).

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Caulfield Glen Eira Leader: Aged hunger for a homely food smell

CHEF to royalty Peter Morgan-Jones has declared war on lifeless vegetables and mushy indistinct food traditionally served in many of Australia’s aged-care homes.

Morgan-Jones, who has cooked for the British royal family and notable Australian restaurants, has taken up the challenge as the executive chef of HammondCare, an independent Christian charity specialising in dementia and aged care. Morgan-Jones has been training chefs at Caulfield on how to cook the best food for the aged.

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Southern Courier: Showing their skill - UNSW AoP Exhibition

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Artworks from HammondCare's Arts on Prescription program have gone on display at the University of NSW. The program is aimed at using art to promote healthy, active and productive ageing, especially for people living with anxiety, depression, frailty, social isolation and dementia.

View More Country Pets Make a Difference

On Saturday, the New South Wales Mounted Police visited the residents of Strathearn and even in his 90’s after a lifetime of riding horses, Jack Flaherty appreciated spending some time with a horse.

Barry Costello, head of volunteer services for HammondCare said interacting with animals and pets was an important part of keeping residents engaged and connected to the community.

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Scone Advocate: HammondCare plans Open Weekend for retirement living

A NEW service offering dementia specific care at home for older people has opened in Scone – and begun employing new staff.

TO celebrate the Scone Horse Festival, Strathearn Villas is holding an Open Weekend at its Strathearn Villas Retirement Community and visitors can tour the facilities and see how it offers high quality independent living.

View More Peter Morgan-Jones visits Strathearn

THE Queen prefers wholemeal toast for breakfast, Charles was organic in the days before it was cool to be organic and a favourite dish for Prince William and Prince Harry was cottage pie, said chef to the royal family Peter Morgan-Jones.

But nowadays he is more interested in what is on the menu for residents at Strathearn and his passion lies in creating innovative approaches to food to tempt patients with dementia.

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Illawarra Mercury: A passion that never fades

Younger onset dementia may be dimming Peter Hayes’ memories but it can’t extinguish his passion for wood carving.

The award-winning craftsman, who exhibited his pieces at The Rocks in Sydney for many years, is continuing to enjoy his craft thanks to Albion Park’s Men’s Shed and a volunteer program run by HammondCare.

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Stornoway Gazette, Scotland: Conference is offering food for thought

As a former head chef of the Sydney Opera House and a former caterer for the Royal family, Peter Morgan Jones appreciates that patrons experiencing his food expect only the best.

Peter will be one of the overseas experts who will be joining professionals and professors from Scotland expected at this year’s Alzheimer Scotland’s annual dementia conference.

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Palliative Care Australia: Maggie Beer Foundation tour

Maggie Beer visited regional towns in northern NSW recently to promote the use of fresh food within residential aged care homes.

Maggie teamed with HammondCare executive chef Peter Morgan-Jones to deliver five workshops in Armidale, Grafton and Wollongbar to more than 90 staff cooks, chefs and managers.

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