6. Assistive Technologies with Scott Green from LifeTec | The Importance of Great Oral Hygiene | Great Activities for Seniors
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||iNight News—Criticisms for aged care facilities referring to acute hospitals
||Get out of the House— Things to do in South East Queensland that you might find in your area, too.
||Kitchen Conversations—Scott Green from LifeTec
||Lessons from the Study—The importance of good oral hygiene
||Phill’s Review—LifeTec: what assistive technologies are available
||Lunch Break—Ronsley Vaz from Bond Appétit
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.