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6. Assistive Technologies with Scott Green from LifeTec | The Importance of Great Oral Hygiene | Great Activities for Seniors

6. Assistive Technologies with Scott Green from LifeTec | The Importance of Great Oral Hygiene | Great Activities for Seniors
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Podcast Timeline

Timeline Content
00:00 Introduction
01:35 iNight News—Criticisms for aged care facilities referring to acute hospitals
3:26 Get out of the House— Things to do in South East Queensland that you might find in your area, too.
5:58 Kitchen Conversations—Scott Green from LifeTec
23:39 Lessons from the Study—The importance of good oral hygiene
35:43 Phill’s Review—LifeTec: what assistive technologies are available
30:25 Lunch Break—Ronsley Vaz from Bond Appétit

Kitchen Conversations

Show notes KITCHEN

Today, Scott Green from LifeTec joins us at the kitchen table for Kitchen Conversations.

LifeTec has a core aim to better the lives of clients through getting the best options to increase their independence.  Quality of life is at the core of what a service like LifeTec can achieve.  Assistive technologies are a range of strategies that can have real impact on successfully keeping the aged & disabled at home.  They can help keep people at of hospital or home from hospital earlier.  It is a whole range of equipment that are specifically suited to the individual’s needs.  For example, activities of daily living aids like hygiene and eating but also aid that help maintain recreational activities like fishing when one has advanced arthritis.   Importantly, they are often low level technology aids and therefore are inexpensive.

iNight News

Show notes NEWS

Phill discovers some news in the world of home care.  He has recently come across a great deal of criticism for aged care facilities that receive when they refer their residents to acute hospitals when this is not an appropriate place for their optimal care.  Aged care training services and all that is happening in the world of training to ensure that the workforce are skilled and trained to meet the needs of older Australians as well as those who are disabled.


Get Out Of The House

Show notes HOUSE

Phill takes a look each week at what is going on around him in his community, South East Queensland, to give people ideas about ways to get out of the house.

This week, he found a great website for the Ipswich community for things to do.  For example, concerts, jazz bands and plays.


Lunch Break

Show notes LUNCH

Ronsley Vaz from Bond Appetit joins Phill again. Today it’s all about the carer who is running around and needs a good nutritious snack



Ingredients (Yoghurt Snack):

  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Banana or Frozen Berries
  • Handful of nuts



Blend all the ingredients, pop back into a container and keep in the fridge for an accessible snack.

Ingredients (Snack Balls):

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup almonds,
  • 1/2 cup walnuts,
  • 1/2 cup raisons


Blend all the ingredients, and roll them into balls.

Store in an airtight container in the pantry for another great accessible snack.

Another recipe to play around with the ingredient options


Lessons From The Study

Show notes STUDY

This week, Phill discusses oral hygiene.  The eyes might be the windows to the soul, but the mouth is the window to your internal health.  If your care recipient is not getting good mouth care, then bacteria can develop and a range of health problems can be initiated.  Mouth wash with water and bicarb at least two or three times a day if brushing teeth isn’t an option will hold those bacterial colonies at bay.  However, teeth brushing is ideal.  Phill goes through the importance of this simple little task.

Phill’s Review

Show notes REVIEW

This week, after Phill’s chat with Scott Green from LifeTec, it seemed only sensible that Phill take a closer look at the assistive technologies LifeTec offer.  So in this week’s review, Phill investigates how LifeTec can help keep you at home for as long as possible.  He discovered a range of great assistive technologies to help with activities of daily living with dressing, hygiene and mobilisation aids.  These assistive technologies also circulate around safety as well.  Phill discovered that some are low tech and very accessible to the average person.



Show Notes

Phill Tsingos is a Director of iNightingale. Qualified Registered Nurse. He has been a nurse his entire adult life (Circa: 1993). He thrives on the daily challenges of working in an emergency department (Clinical teacher). Phill’s mission is everyone should have the best quality of life possible. He has made caring for people a life long devotion (perhaps even an obsession). Seeing many people suffer as a result of inadequate care at home. Phill wanted to be the prevention not the cure. That is how iNightingale was born. Phill loves questions or comments or general chin wag at Google

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